Martyr's Widow May Be Forced to Leave India

The widow of slain Australian missionary Graham Staines and an elderly French priest may be forced to leave India under immigration rules aimed at limiting the stay of foreign missionaries. The visa of Gladys Staines, 49, whose husband and two young sons were murdered in the eastern state of Orissa two years ago, expires in August, and government officials have made it clear they do not intend to renew it, sources told Newsroom. Also, her plans to build a leprosy hospital in memory of her husband have hit a roadblock, and the state government is trying to repossess the leprosy home where the couple worked.

At the same time, Catholic leaders in the southern state of Karnataka are appealing to the federal government to halt the imminent deportation of 79-year-old priest François Marie Godest, who has lived and worked among poor and rural Indians for more than half a century.