News from the Communities of the Little sisters in India

Small Christian Minority

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Churches are alive and active. Let us remember that Christians are only between 2% and 3% of the population. Even though there are fewer vocations to Religious Life and to the Priesthood, there are still many young people joining either seminaries or religious congregations. They come from different parts of the country and mainly from rural areas.

More lay people get involved and the quality of pastoral care has improved. The efforts of Indian theologians in contextualizing theology are not well accepted, even among the Bishops of the country. There is still a kind of fear in approaching other religions and spiritualities in this very special multi-religious context where so many religions are practised. All the same, there is a far greater awareness and interest and there are genuine inter-religious meetings, dialogue and studies. Recently two of us could attend a retreat on 'Contemplation in the Gospel of John and the Bhagavad-Gita (Hindu Scripture)', organized by the NBCLC (National, Catechetical, Biblical, Liturgical Centre), open to bishops, priests, religious and lay people.  For us, dialogue in life and respect for the other as 'other' remains important. Our way is being present with and alongside.

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