Thursday, 1 December, 2022

Topic: Vatican

Vatican secretly disciplined Nobel-winning bishop 2 years ago over alleged abuse of minors

Vatican's acknowledgement came in response to allegations that East Timor bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Carlos Ximenes Belo sexually abused boys decades before.

Saint Devasahayam’s anti-caste struggle angered Brahmins and Nairs, not his conversion

Devasahayam Pillai's new life became a cause of serious concern among high caste Hindus. They accused him of betrayal, and of insulting Brahmins and the royal throne.

India’s first layman saint Devasahayam Pillai was an 18th century caste crusader

Born an upper caste Hindu, Devasahayam converted to Christianity under Dutch influence in 1745.

The Vatican is opposing Italy’s LGBTQ bill. It can learn a lot from India

The Vatican and the Italian State are at loggerheads over the ‘Zan Bill’ that criminalises discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Vatican, China renew historic accord on Bishops after nearly 70 years despite US pressure

Relations between the Vatican and China were broken off in 1951, and reaching a settlement with the Communist Party had proved elusive, especially under President Xi Jinping.

Mecca to Vatican — COVID-19 proves when human beings are in peril, gods flee first

Everything is on hold in Mecca. The Pope isn't communicating with god. Brahmin priests in temples are putting masks on idols. Religion has deserted coronavirus-fearing people.

Pope Francis expels Kerala church priest convicted of raping 16-year-old

Syro-Malabar Church priest Robin Vadakkumchery is currently serving a 20-year jail term for raping and impregnating the girl in Mananthavady diocese.

Vatican dismisses plea by nun who protested against rape-accused Bishop

Sister Lucy Kalappura was expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation in August after she took part in a protest seeking the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of rape.

Sister Mariam Thresia, the Kerala nun declared a saint, led an austere life from early age

Sister Thresia was born on 26 April 1876 in Puthenchira, a small village in Thrissur. She founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1914.

Kerala nun, expelled for protesting against rape-accused Bishop Franco, moves Vatican

The Franciscan Clarist Congregation expelled sister Lucy Kalappura for publishing poems, purchasing a car & participating in a protest against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

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A group picture of Supreme court judges at Supreme Court in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Ambedkar rejected collegium system, said CJI supremacy on judges’ appointment is dangerous

In May 1949, the Constituent Assembly debated the Collegium system, only to reject it thrice. Now the SC is assuming that role once again.
Representational image | Reuters

India’s economic growth at 6.3% for second quarter, slower than previous months

Government capital spending increased more than 40% during the quarter as it stepped up expenditure on roads to railways, according to official data on Wednesday.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.