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Indian bishops release “Dignitas Infinita”

Cardinals and bishops attended the 94th meeting of the CCBI Executive Committee on May 7, 2024, in Bangaluru (photo supplied).

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) unveiled the Indian edition of "Dignitas Infinita," a profound declaration on Human Dignity by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, on May 8, 2024, during its Executive Committee meeting held in St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, south India.

Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão, President of the CCBI, presented the inaugural copy to Cardinal Oswald Gracias. 

Cardinal Anthony Poola, Archbishop George Antonysamy, Archbishop Anil Couto, Abp. Antony Pappusamy, and Father Stephen Alathara, Executive Secretary of CCBI, graced the event.

This comprehensive document, the result of five years of meticulous effort by the Dicastery, draws upon the papal teachings of the past decade. 

It offers three foundational chapters, culminating in a dedicated section on grave violations of human dignity, addressing issues ranging from war and poverty to violence against migrants and women, abortion and surrogate motherhood to euthanasia, and gender theory to digital violence.

A notable aspect of this work is its integration of key themes from recent papal teachings alongside bioethical considerations. 

In its 'non-exhaustive' list, it highlights abortion, euthanasia, and surrogate motherhood as violations of human dignity, echoing the urgency to address these alongside other pressing global challenges like war, poverty, and human trafficking.

For those interested in obtaining copies, please contact [email protected] or call Mobile: +91-9886730224.- With input from Stephen Alathara


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