Bombay Archdiocese launches campaign to stop violence against women

Violence against women in India has been going on for centuries, but recently it seems as if it has reached a tipping point with the news of the terrible gang rapes of several young women. People and institutions across India are taking up the cause and trying to end this national shame.

The Women’s Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay (Mumbai) is one of the lead lights in this fight with its new campaign, “37 Million Diyas: Say Yes to Love, Say No to Violence.” The number is the difference between the male and female population of the country, one of the biggest factors in the violence, and the result of the widespread practice of aborting female children.

Yesterday, parishes across the archdiocese held a an hour of prayer and remembrance for women victims of violence  — killing, rape, domestic violence and human trafficking of girls. Cardinal Oswald Gracias has vowed prayer and work on behalf of women and “it will continue for as long as it takes  for you and me to bring about change.”

Watch this striking video produced by the archdiocese. It is provided by our sister news agency UCANews, the Asian Catholic news service based in Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Almost Midnight Mass every weekend at St. Malachy’s on Broadway

There are a lot of things you can do on Broadway after the curtain falls at the end of a performance. You can catch a late dinner, join some friends for a drink, or go out dancing. Or you can go to 11 p.m. Mass at St. Malachy’s — The Actors’ Chapel. And that is just what hundreds of Catholic (and some non-Catholic) actors, producers, and stage hands and stunt men have been doing for decades.

Father Richard Baker, pastor of New York's St. Malachy's Church - The Actors' Chapel, is shown in New York's Times Square in 2010. St. Malachy's is located down the block from Broadway and serves people in the theater district. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Father Richard Baker, pastor of New York’s St. Malachy’s Church – The Actors’ Chapel, is shown in New York’s Times Square in 2010. St. Malachy’s is located down the block from Broadway and serves people in the theater district. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Father Richard Baker, the peripatetic pastor of St. Malachy’s, has just the rights chops to be pastor of this terrific parish with its colorful cast of characters. He’s a musician, and he’s a rousing preacher. Check out this great profile of the parish and some of its members in a report from NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, “Where Broadway’s finest go to pray.”

In the interest of full disclosure, St. Malachy’s is also home to the media review office of Catholic News Service. Not only does CNS review chief John Mulderig hang his hat there Monday-Friday, he is a parishioner and teaches religious education.