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Rita Joseph, India A group of Dalit Christians called on Catholic Church leaders in India to bring about a “change of heart” in the Church’s reported practice of “casteism.” “During the past two years Dalit Christians have raised voice against the monster of casteism,” read an open letter to the Church...
By Jose Kavi New Delhi, June 23, 2022: The Catholic Church in India should seriously address the existence of casteism within its fold as it organizes a national thanksgiving prayer for Saint Devasahayam, says the Dalit Christian Liberation Movement. The Church in India will on June 24 hold the prayer service from...
By DCD Desk Pondicherry June 20, 2022: Dalit Christian Teachers Employee Association (DCTEA) reports that the discrimination faced by Dalit Christian students and teachers is immense. The Dalit Christian teachers are deliberately accused and their opportunities are snatched away by the diocesan schools, says John Britto, founder-cum-president of the DCTEA.
By DCD Des Tuticorin, June 17, 2022: Two government school teachers are suspended for instigating caste identity in a village called Kulathur in SathanKulam Taluk in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu, South India. The Tuticorin District Chief Education Officer suspended Kalai Selvi, the assistant headmistress and Meena, the Mathematics teacher when an...
By DCD Desk Chennai, June 15, 2022: “We appreciate and express our gratitude on behalf of the Christian community to Hon’ble Member of Parliament Dr. Thol. Thirumaavalavan, president of Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) for proposing to nominate a Christian for presidential elections as a common candidate by all the opposition political parties,” exclaims Dr....
By DCD Reporter Eluru, June 9, 2022: Bishop Jayarao Polimera of Eluru and the chairperson for the Telugu Catholic Bishops’ Council, Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes invited the Dalit leaders from the Telugu region to implement the Dalit Empowerment Policy at Bishop’s House, Eluru on June 9, 2022. Father...
By Indian Currents Correspondent IC: Congratulations on your appointment to the College of Cardinals by the Holy Father. Could you share with our readers the uppermost sentiment which gripped you when you received the news? Archbp Poola Anthony: Thank you, dear Father Suresh, for your kind appreciation and for inviting me to...
In a wide-ranging interview, the first “Dalit” Cardinal in history, Cardinal-elect Anthony Poola of Hyderabad, India, who will receive the red hat at the 27 August Consistory, describes his mission as "helping as many poor children as possible", and reflects on serving India’s poorest and often-forgotten "untouchables." By Deborah Castellano Lubov
By Nirmala Carvalho MUMBAI, India – India getting its first Dalit cardinal is a sign that “miracles can always happen,” according to one Dalit activist in the country. “It came to me as a shock and surprise, that Most Rev. Archbishop Anthony Poola, a man from the Dalit community has been appointed...
The Dalit-born archbishop of Hyderabad will be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory in August. By Anto Akkara BANGALORE, India — Archbishop Anthony Poola of Hyderabad in south India is overwhelmed by his elevation to the College of the Cardinals. “I could not believe it,...
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