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.
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.
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.
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.
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.