Philip Mathew is a journalist based in Bangalore, southern India. He edits Asia Pacific Ecumenical News and writes for Matters India. He is a former staff of the Christian Conference of Asia in Hong Kong and a former managing editor of the ecumenical paper People’s Reporter.

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'Saintly warrior' sister fights for lowest of low castes in India

Sr. Anthonysami Alphonsa, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, has worked for 20 years among Dalit people — the "untouchables" in India's caste system — in rural areas and small towns.

Asha Deepam kindles light of hope in Indian children with disabilities

Students who have physical, mental, developmental or intellectual disabilities get education and skills to lead an independent life at Asha Deepam, a school run by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Trichy, India.

Q & A with Sr. Gracy Vadakara, a promoter of interreligious dialogue

In multicultural India, "interreligious initiatives are not a luxury, but an indispensable obligation of every citizen," says Sr. Gracy Vadakara, Indian provincial of the Daughters of the Church.

Walking campaign brings Gospel message to non-Christians in India

Meeting with two Catholic nuns who were on a journey to spread the Gospel proved a turning point in the life of Mohan Kumar, a Hindu man in Kerala, southern India.