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India: Episcopal office for Bible holds orientation on Synod


An online orientation program about Biblical Resources for Synodality was held by the Commission for Bible in South India on April 9. 

The Synod Desk of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) and its Commission for Bible, Theology, and Doctrine organized the program on 'Biblical Resources for Synodality,'

The event was in connection to the recent document from the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, which highlights how Scripture is at the heart of the synodal journey.

Sacred Scripture is an essential part of the Church's life and the synodal journey, said Bishop Antonysamy Peter Abir of Sultanpet diocese in India and the chairman of the CCBI Biblical Commission.

The prelate presided over the program and felicitated Father Denis K. Kulandaisamy, the president of Marianum, Rome.

Father Kulandaisamy, a member of the Order of Servant of Mary (OSM), noted ‘the why’ and ‘how’ of the document, explained its structure and utility and answered these questions.

It is recommended that the document be translated into regional languages so that the Church in India can use it at the synodal consultation and in the subsequent process.

Father Yesu Karunanidhi, the executive secretary of the CCBI Commission for the Bible, presented the summary of the document.

He explained the methodology employed in the document as well as the two ways of praying from Sacred Scripture, ‘Lectio Divina’ (divine reading), and Imaginative Contemplation.

As many as 63 people attended and benefited from the online event. 

The Central Coordinating Team members, the Regional Deputy Secretaries of the Bishops’ Councils, the Diocesan Contact Persons for the Synod, and many who were involved in the Synodal consultation attended the program.

Father Stephen Alathara, the deputy secretary general of the CCBI, briefed participants on the orientation program.

Jesuit Father Francis Gonsalves, executive secretary to the CCBI Commission for Bible, the Coordinator of the Central Team, and Father Yesu Karunanidhi arranged the event. 


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