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People supporting a citizenship law beat a Muslim man during clashes with those opposing the law in New Delhi Feb. 24, 2020. Christian leaders from different denominations in New Delhi condemned the communal violence. (CNS photo/Danish Siddiqui, Reuters) 
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Ryan Di Corpo
Seventy-five years after Gandhi’s death, when Hindu nationalism has risen to the highest echelons of the Indian government, his legacy in the nation he helped liberate is complex and, in some cases, denigrated.
Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, a frequent critic of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, prays at a Catholic church in Managua May 20, 2022. A Nicaraguan court ruled Jan. 10, 2023, that Bishop Álvarez will stand trial on charges of conspiracy and spreading false information. (OSV News photo/Maynor Valenzuela, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Bishop Álvarez briefly materialized in Managua for a pre-trial hearing, accused of “conspiracy to undermine national integrity and propagation of false news.” A frequent government critic, Bishop Álvarez had strongly objected to the closing of Catholic radio and television stations last year.
painting of columbus discovering the americas with natives and priests around him
FaithExplainer
Tim Perron, S.J.
The “Doctrine of Discovery” is the leveraging of the idea of discovery to argue for and put into law a claim on and right to indigenous lands. It has no current and actively sustained legal connection.
Pope John Paul II greets Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at the Vatican Nov. 18, 1990.
Politics & SocietyNews
Catholic News Service
When Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Aug. 30, first met with Pope John Paul in December 1989, less than a month after the Berlin Wall’s collapse, the two leaders “understood each other immediately.”
Politics & SocietyNews
Tom Tracy
Proposed federal regulatory changes to the Affordable Care Act will mean “woke” political correctness will trump medical and ethical considerations, likely exacerbating a nursing and physician shortage in the U.S., claim some critics.
A basketball court in a concrete yard, surrounding by a prison building
Politics & SocietyNews
Scott Bauer - Associated Press
A Wisconsin judge ruled against the state prison system on Thursday, saying its Covid-19 visitor policy that barred Catholic clergy from meeting with inmates for more than a year violated religious freedom.