India is in a three-day mourning period for Pope John Paul II. Two percent (about 20 million) of India's population is Catholic and are grieving the loss of their religious leader who died on Saturday. The Catholic Bishop's Conference of India has a tribute on their website
for the Pontiff. The website also enables you to locate the Dioceses
of the nation, including those in Andhra Pradesh for Telugu speaking Catholics.The Deccan Chronicle
has a report on the Pope's death:
"Mumbai, April 3: Cardinal Ivan Dias of Mumbai is one of the three Indian cardinals who will be winging their way to Rome to participate in the election of the next Pope. Cardinal Dias, according to several sources, is among the 10 cardinals worldwide who are frontrunners to become Vicar of Rome, or global head of the world’s one billion Catholics.
The three cardinals going to Rome are Ivan Dias, Varkey Vithayathil from Kochi and Telesphore Toppo from Ranchi. Of the five cardinals in India, two — including Mumbai’s Cardinal Simon Pimenta — are not eligible because they have crossed the age of 80. President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, meanwhile, led the nation in paying homage to the Pope. Dr Singh visited the embassy of the Holy See (Vatican) in New Delhi and signed the condolence register.
President Kalam said: “I am deeply saddened on the passing away of Pope John Paul II. The world has lost a church leader and a statesman who throughout his life worked for human dignity and freedom and for the needy and oppressed. He tirelessly worked for peace on this planet and to establish an international order based on equality and justice.”
Later, in a condolence message to the Vatican, Dr Kalam said: “The demise of His Holiness Pope John Paul II was received with deep shock and profound sorrow by the people of India, who considered him a champion of world peace and harmony... His unending encouragement of human values endeared him to Indians of all faiths.”
In his message, Dr Manmohan Singh said: “He was a people’s Pope, who led the Catholic Church through a period of historic changes. He was an iconic figure for three decades, in particular as a beacon of unflinching moral values.” In Kolkata, Sister Nirmala, the superior-general of the Missionaries of Charity, told reporters that the Pontiff’s death would not affect the process of sainthood for Mother Teresa. Sister Nirmala said that she would be going to Rome to attend the funeral."