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Latin Rite Bishops’ initiative helps poor dioceses in India

Release of Communio report

The Communio initiative, spearheaded by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), is making significant strides in promoting unity and solidarity throughout the country.

This initiative provides crucial resources to various dioceses, supporting charitable works and evangelization efforts in India.

In a heartfelt acknowledgment of the initiative's progress, Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão, President of the CCBI, attributed the remarkable growth of Communio to divine providence.

Cardinal Ferrão expressed this sentiment during the release of Communio's report book at Sacred Heart Church, Pethapur, Gandhinagar, in Gujarat, western India, on July 10.

Communio has played a vital role in supporting charitable projects in rural India. Cardinal Ferrão praised the organization's efforts, stating, "Communio embodies the spirit of solidarity, echoing the early Church's unity and the power of the Holy Spirit."

He expressed his deepest gratitude to all contributors and urged ecclesiastical leaders to embrace and enhance Communio's visibility.

During the event, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, received the first copy of the reportbook.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar, Archbishop Elias Gonsalves of Nagpur, and Father Stephen Alathara, Director of Communio and Deputy Secretary General of the CCBI.

The release of the report book was partially funded by Communio, coinciding fortuitously with the event at Sacred Heart Church. Launched in 2017, Communio has completed over 150 projects across India, with approximately 100 ongoing initiatives.

Its mission is to foster solidarity among Indian Latin Catholics through prayer and service, embodying values of compassion and dedication.

Cardinal Ferrão's remarks serve as a powerful reminder of the impact of collective efforts in serving the marginalized.

As Communio continues to flourish, it stands as a shining example of the transformative power of unity and unwavering commitment to creating a better world for all.


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