CBCI’s general body meeting begins tomorrow

CBCI’s general body meeting begins tomorrow

CBCI to discuss Church’s role for a better India.

Posted on January 31, 2012, 11:16 AM

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A record number of 160 bishops are in Bangalore, the Vatican of the East, to discuss the “Church’s role for a better India”.

The February 1-8, 30th general body meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is being held at St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

The theme for the meeting was chosen as the Church’s role for better India as the golden jubilee of Delhi CBCI and the Church’s social wing Caritas coincide this year, said Fr Thomas Sequeira, CBCI’s deputy Secretary General.

The CBCI headquarters was shifted from Bangalore to Delhi in 1962.

The CBCI is an umbrella organization of all the Catholic Bishops of India, belonging to the Latin, the Syro-Malabar and the Syro-Malankara Rites.

At every biennial meet, a particular theme of relevance to the Church and nation is discussed by the leaders of the Church.

“This year the challenges of a materialistic world, nation building and probity in public life besides what has been done so far towards educational, health care and social development will be discussed,” said Fr Sequeira.

The highlight of this year’s meet will be a podium discussion by three speakers – Cardinal Peter Turkson, President Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Josef Sayer, director of Misereor and Jesuit Fr. Rudi Heredia.

Another feature will be the strengthening of the Regional Bishops Council and initiation of a strong national network for quick dissemination of information.

On February 1, Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio will lead the inaugural Mass.

After the Presidential address by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop Albert DSouza, CBCI secretary general will present the biennial report of the bishops’ body.

Cardinal Turkson will give the keynote address on February 2 which will be followed by the podium discussion.

Follow up of the past two GBMs on “Youth for Peace and Harmony” and “Empowerment of Women in Church and Society” will be held on February 3.

The next day Regional Bishops Councils, National Commissions, National Institutes and the Conference of Religious India will present reports on their activities and major thrusts.

The Latin, Syro-Malabar and the Syro-Malankara Rites will make their presentations on February 5.

A talk on proposed Direct Tax Code will be given by renowned chartered accountant Kandaswamy.

Cultural programs will be held at St John’s main auditorium on the opening day.
By Rita Joseph

CBCI General Body Meeting
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