India A pastoral program to mark the Holy Year of Mercy While still a young seminarian, Bishop Salvadore Lobo of Baruipur gained deep sympathy for the poor and disabled after meeting Mother Teresa. This meeting would then prompt him to volunteer in her Kaligat House of the Dying in Calcutta, where he tended to the dying. […]

ACN Project of the Week: Mass Offerings for priests in Miao

ACN Photo: Arunachal Pradesh, India, diocese of Miao  in the extreme North East, bordering on  Burma. Morning prayers in a catholic school. India   Mass Offerings for priests in Miao The diocese of Miao in Northeast India, was established only recently, in 2005. It lies in one of the most remote and isolated regions of the […]

Journey with ACN – The Synod for bishops on the family in Rome (continued)

JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday our weekly newsletter regularly posted to our blog and designed to acquaint you with the needs of the Catholic Church around the world – and various projects we have helped to bring into being together with ACN benefactors. This week :  The Synod for bishops on the family in Rome ______________________ This […]

India: After the BJP election victory – “The Christian minority in India is under serious threat”

by Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada ACN, Königstein/Montreal, Thursday, October 16, 2014 –After the election of Narendra Modi of the Hindu “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)” as prime minister of India the country’s secular constitution is under threat. With these words Ajay Kumar Singh, Catholic priest and human rights activist […]

Tensions persist in Bangladesh

By Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada The international Catholic pastoral charity, Aid to the Church in Need, is following the persistent tensions in Bangladesh with great concern. “In the Dinajpur diocese in the north-west of the country Catholic Christians are repeatedly attacked by Muslim groups,” confirmed Véronique Vogel, head of the Indian […]

India – “It is not the ‘I’ that matters, but the ‘We’.”

Reinhard Backes, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada  Father Thomas Manjaly is from Kerala, found in southwest India. However, this Catholic priest lives and works in the northeast of the country in the Archdiocese of Shillong, about 4,000 km from his home. Following his ordination in 1971, he worked in a parish […]

India – Renovation of the Carmelite convent in Jordhig

ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada The Carmelite Sisters in the diocese of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal are overjoyed – for thanks to the kindness of our benefactors we have been able to give them 37 700$ towards the cost of renovating their convent in Jordhigi. The convent has been in existence since […]