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1 September 2011
Erin Edwards

Children pray during liturgy in the small village of Santhithadam, Kerala, India.
(photo: Sean Sprague)

Santhithadam means “Valley of Peace” in Malayalam, the language of Kerala.

Not far from the border with Tamil Nadu and set on the high Attapaddy plateau, the area was thinly populated by scattered tribes for centuries. Then, about 30 years ago, 76 families settled in Santhithadam from the crowded south, including 40 Syro-Malabar Catholic families from Kottayam, Kerala’s Christian heartland.

Journalist Sean Sprague reported about this small village in Kerala back in 2003 in the July-August edition of ONE (which was then known as CNEWA WORLD).

Today the Catholic News Service reported on a parish in Kerala offering financial incentives to large Catholic families, in the midst of worries over the shrinking Catholic population:

The plan to increase family size runs counter to a previous initiative by the federal government, which encouraged residents to make two children the norm for families.

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