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.

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Bishop Franco Mulakkal acquitted in alleged rapes of a nun in India

A court in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala Jan. 14 acquitted Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar in the historic case of the rape of a nun, saying the prosecution failed to prove the charges against him.

Court reverses judge's transfer in high-profile trial of Indian bishop in nun's rape case

With the high-profile trial of a bishop accused of raping a nun 13 times nearing the end, an Indian high court overruled a move to transfer the judge. Critics had called the transfer highly unusual and some alleged that Catholic Church leaders had lobbied for the change. 

Carmelites' 5-bed clinic in Gujarat expands outside for COVID-19 patients

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.

India's anti-conversion laws bring more harassment for Catholic nuns

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.