Saji Thomas is a freelance journalist based in Bhopal. He has worked for several mainstream newspapers, such as The Times of India. He writes regularly for Matters India, a news portal that collaborates with GSR and focuses on religious and social issues.
The nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has been enacting increasingly strict laws in states where it rules, making religious minorities — Muslims and Christians — targets of suspicion, detention and interrogation.
In the face of pressure and threats, sister supporters of the nun who has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of rape are among 83 witnesses testifying in the ongoing trial in Kottayam, Kerala state, in India.
Sr. Sneha Joseph has been honored as a COVID-19 Warrior by the governor of Maharashtra state in India, recognizing her donations of plasma to treat poor COVID-19 patients after her own recovery.
The death of Divya John, labeled a probable suicide, is the latest in nearly 20 others since 1987 involving novices and sisters serving in Kerala state. Some Catholics are urging Indian bishops to take action.