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India: National Canon Law Conference held in Bangalore

The national canon law conference was held in Bangalore from February 6 to 8, 2024, at Paalanaa Bhavan, organized by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Canon Law.

Themed "Aggiornamento in Theory and Praxis," the conference aimed to underscore the significance and ongoing evolution of Canon Law in shaping the life of the Church, with a particular focus on its practical application.

The event drew participation from 48 canonists representing diverse regions of India.

Father Stephen Alathara, the Deputy Secretary General of the CCBI, delivered a congratulatory speech after Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferro, the President of the CCBI, gave the opening address.

Bishop Antony Savarimuthu, Chairman of the Commission, then delivered the presidential address.

Distinguished experts in canon law from both India and abroad enriched the conference with their insights.

Among them were Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, Secretary of the Dicastery for the Legislative Texts at Vatican City; Bishop Antonysamy Savarimuthu of Palayamkottai; Bishop Elias Frank of Asansol; Bishop Alex Vadakumthala of Kannur; Msgr. Varuvel Gnanadhasan, an official of the Roman Curia at Vatican City; Msgr. John Renken; Rev. Prof. Jesu Pudumai from St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, Canada; Rev. Dr. Merlin Rengith Ambrose, Executive Secretary of the Commission; and Rev. Dr. Sebastian Payyapilly, Director of IOCL, Bangalore.

Participants lauded the meticulous organization of the conference and expressed satisfaction with the depth and engagement of the discussions. They underscored the need for similar conferences in the future to further enhance the aggiornamento and practical application of Canon Law, thereby contributing to its continuous improvement.


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