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Image of Mary enshrined in Bloomington as presence of Indian Catholics grows

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health (Vailankanni, India) is carried throughout St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, while members of the assembly pray the rosary as they follow in procession. Taking the Blessed Mother to a place of honor in the church are (from left) Carlo Selvaraj, Francis Gonsalves, Paul Prabhu, and Joachim Roshan. Not seen on the far side are Xavier Madanu and Christuraj A. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — As she always has, the Blessed Virgin Mary brought people together and then pointed them to her Son as the Indian Catholics of Bloomington-Normal celebrated the feast of her nativity on Sept. 8 at St. Patrick Church of Merna. The Mass included the blessing of a statue of Our Lady of Good Health, […]

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“Victoria and Abdul” (Focus)

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal star in a scene from the movie "Victoria and Abdul." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Endearing historical drama in which, on the sole basis of being tall and handsome, a 24-year-old prison clerk (Ali Fazal) in Agra, India, is chosen to present a ceremonial coin to Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) during her 1887 golden jubilee. After a four-month journey in the company of a grouchy fellow […]

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