India

On 8 October, Fr Stan Swamy, an elderly Jesuit priest from Ranchi in India, was unfairly arrested and imprisoned. We urgently need your help to free him.Fr Stan Swamy SJ, aged 83, has been unjustly arrested and detained by the National Investigation Agency of India. They have falsely accused him of having links with banned extremist groups.Two days before his arrest, Fr Stan posted a video statement and said: “What is happening to me is not unique. Many activists, lawyers, writers, journalists...
An organisation funded by Jesuit Missions UK is educating 244 displaced children in Andhra Pradesh, a state in southern India at the heart of a war you have never heard of. A bitter conflict between Maoist guerrillas known as ‘Naxalites’ and the Indian government (supported by right-wing paramilitaries) has been raging since 1967 and has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and left tens of thousands of people displaced.The Loyola Integrated Tribal Development Society (LITDS) has been...
Rat hunters and labourers - the Yanadi live a subsistence life working very hard for very little. Once a semi-nomadic people, many have been resettled into permanent villages by the Indian government. Cut-off from their nomadic roots and with no choice but to work menial jobs, the Yanadi have become a marginalised people who suffer daily discrimination because of their low economic status.Jesuit Missions is providing significant financial support to a new project which is helping the...
A 17th century painting in a church in Colva depicting the attack on Cuncolim in 1583 (via Wikimedia Commons)
October 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the death of Thomas Stephens SJ, a translator and writer who authored several works including the Kristapurana for which he is best known. This powerful text is much more than an imaginative retelling of the biblical narrative, says Michael Barnes SJ, who celebrates Stephens’ pastoral and literary gifts. Fr Thomas Stephens SJ, the 400th anniversary of whose death is celebrated this year, was a remarkable linguist and translator, pastoral priest and...
Fr George Pattery SJ, Provincial of South Asia, has organised a petition calling for false charges against Fr Stanislaus to be dropped.Sign the petitionA Jesuit priest accused of sedition has appealed to Indian people to fight a worrying trend that undermines the nation's fundamental principles of socialism, secularism and democracy.Human rights activist Fr Stanislaus Lourdusamy, 82, was charged in a sedition case along with other rights activists last August in what many say was a move to...
 1654 edition of the Kristapurana
English Jesuit Thomas Stephens SJ has been the subject of a BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature documentary. Professor Nandini Das, scholar of early travels and voyages of exploration, tracks the life of the author of the Kristapurana, a forgotten jewel of Anglo-Indian contact, in the hour-long radio piece first broadcast on Sunday 18th November.With Protestantism taking over the country during the reign of Elizabeth I, Thomas Stephens SJ fled Britain, finding refuge first in Rome where he entered the...
George Stephen Thayriam SJ, who completed his theological studies at Heythrop at the end of the summer term, was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday 25th August in his home Province of Madurai.Most. Rev. Nazarene Susai, Bishop of Kottar, presided at the ceremony, which took place at St Joseph College, Trichy, which also saw the ordination of nine deacons of Jesuit Madurai province and three more from the Jesuit Andhra provincel.  Rev. Fr. Vernon D'Cunha, the general assistant, was also...
Jesuits in Kerala are among those impacted by the recent floods in South India that have had a devastating impact on the whole state, leading to hundreds of people losing their lives and thousands more left isolated from their homes.Jesuit Missions received an update from Fr Deepak George SJ, one of the local Jesuit partners that said, “We are in danger. Many people have died and still things are getting worse. Please can I request that you keep us all in your prayers.”Over 9000 kilometres of...
To mark International Women’s Day we look at a women’s empowerment project in northern India supported by Jesuit Missions. For many young women in India, their early life is spent inside the four walls of their own homes. Until three years ago this was the same for Punam Rai, from Darjeeling. She shares her story of standing up to gender equality in India:“Coming from an orthodox Hindu family, my younger days were mostly spent inside the four walls of my house,” says Puman. “Then two and...
The great feast that concludes the Easter season, Pentecost, can only be properly understood against the horizon of the Trinity, which we celebrate a week later, says Professor Peter Tyler. ‘The descent of the Spirit reminds us of our essential Trinitarian nature: rooted in Christ we look both to the Father in Heaven as well as to our fellow suffering humans on earth.’ Suddenly from Heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind and it filled the entire house. (Acts 2:2)Thoughts...