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.
When people with COVID-19 symptoms thronged a five-bed clinic in Chachana village, India, the Carmelite nurses there scurried to fashion an open-air clinic with donated cots and tents to handle the overflow.
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.