Catholic sisters and bishops are aiding victims of catastrophic flooding in Pakistan that has killed more than 1,200 people, injured at least 12,500 and displaced more than 634,000 people since mid-June.
“Gem of the Orient” (Paurastyaratnam) Award presented to Archbishop Powathil for his exceptional contributions to reviving the unique oriental traditions of the Syro-Malabar Church and developing liturgical spirituality.
Pope Francis will attend the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. The papal journey is also to show his closeness to the country's small but fervent Catholic community.
A Christian organization has cautioned religious leaders of the Sikh faith in India's northern Punjab state against people who pose as office bearers of mainstream churches and publish false statements.