Loading
Indian bishops commit to renewal of Church, society
By Antonio Anup Gonsalves
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India's 2014 Plenary Assembly in Palai. Credit: CBCI.
Catholic Bishops' Conference of India's 2014 Plenary Assembly in Palai. Credit: CBCI.

.- At their plenary assembly held Feb. 5-12, the Indian bishops discussed pastoral challenges in the nation and continuing the implementation of the Second Vatican Council.

At the conclusion of the assembly, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Syro-Malankarese Major Archbishop of Trivandrum, was elected as president of the Indian bishops’ conference. He succeeds Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, who served as conference president for four years.

The assembly was held in Palai, in the south-west Indian state of Kerala, and was called “Renewed Church for a Renewed Society: Responding to the Call of Vatican II,” and focused four documents from the council.

The four were Lumen Gentium, on the Church; Ad Gentes, on the Church’s mission activity; Gaudium et Spes, on the Church in the modern world; and Apostolicam Actuositatem, on the apostolate of the laity.

The meeting, which is held every other year, gathered 185 bishops from India’s 167 dioceses, who represent not only the Latin rite, but also the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, both of which are native to India.

At the opening Mass of the assembly, India’s apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, emphasized the renewal of the Church as a sure path to greater faithfulness to Christ and the gospel, recalling Pope Francis and noting that Church renewal must be oriented to missioning.

During the meeting, Cardinal Gracias referred to Bl. John XXIII’s exhortation at the opening of Vatican II to bishops that they be holy, so that in turn priests and laity will also be holy. He also referred to the documents of Vatican II as the source for reflection for the renewal of the Church and society in India.

Archbishop Albert D’Souza of Agra reported on interreligious dialogue in the nation, saying it is “essential in order to achieve the evangelizing mission of the Church.”

The bishops attended a presentation on Apostolicam Actuositatem given by Alexander Jacob, director general of police in Kerala. Jacob discussed, from his own experience, what committed Catholic laymen can do in society to witness to their faith in Christ.

Cardinal George Alencherry, Syro-Malabarese Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, discussed during a homily the problem of Catholics becoming “disinterested in the life of the Church” or leaving it altogether, adding that the Church needs more people of committed faith and living witness.

The host of the assembly, Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt of the Syro-Malabarese Diocese of Palai, wrote that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India “reflects and deliberates on issues invariably related to Christian values and the people of India at large,” adding that the bishops are characterized by “openness to the people.”

“The quintessence of CBCI is unity in diversity,” he continued. “Despite the enormous cultural, linguistic, ecclesial and traditional diversities and divergences of the regions and the churches represented by the bishops in this vast subcontinent of India, CBCI envisages weaving a myriad fabric of harmony and unity.”

Bishop Kallarangatt also noted the Church’s work for justice, including a preferential option for the poor and its defense of Dalits “and other oppressively marginalized sections of society.”

In their conclusions, the bishops wrote that “the Church, following in the footsteps of Christ, cannot close its eyes to the suffering and injustice that penalize the poor, marginalized, and excluded.”

Tags: CBCI, Pala, Catholic Bishops' Conference of India


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Aug
31

Liturgical Calendar

August 31, 2014

TWENTY - SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 16:21-27

Gospel
Date
08/31/14
08/30/14
08/29/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 20: 7-9
Second Reading:: Rom 12: 1-2
Gospel:: Mt 16: 21-27

Saint of the Day

St. Aristides »

Saint
Date
08/31/14
08/30/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 16:21-27

Homily
Date
08/31/14
08/30/14
08/29/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: