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Indian Catholic Bishops to Focus on Synodal Path in Plenary Assembly

Inaugural Function of the CCBI 34th Plenary Assembly

The 34th plenary Assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India's (CCBI's) will be held at St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences in Bengaluru, India, from January 24 to 30.

“Telling the story of Jesus in our Context: The Synodal Way” is the theme of the Assembly.

Catholic bishops from all Latin dioceses in India will attend the conference to discuss how to incorporate the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively into their daily lives.  

The goal is to strengthen the faith and mission of the Church in India in the setting of the challenges and opportunities facing the Catholic Church in India.

The list of those in attendance includes Archbishops Poola of Hyderabad and Machado of Bangalore, as well as Father Stephen Alathara, the secretary general of the CCBI.

The inaugural address will be delivered by Cardinal Tagle, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization and the presidential address by Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrao, CCBI president, followed by a benedictory message from Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal.

A message from the Pope will be read out by Bishop George Antonysamy, CCBI Vice President, followed by an annual report from Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Archbishop of Delhi and CCBI Secretary General.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal.

On the first day, Cardinal Tagle will present a reflection on "Telling Jesus' story in our context: The synodal way".

Monsignor Joseph Sayer, former director of Misereor, will speak on the second day on “Predicate Evangelium and its implications for life and leadership in the Church” and then Bishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, secretary general of the CCBI, will discuss "Synodal relationship with other Christians."

Felix Machado, Archbishop of Vasai, will speak on "Synodal Relationships with Neighbor Religions," whereas Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Chairman of CCBI Commission for Ecology, will speak on "Synodal Relations with Mother Earth.” The Archbishop of Vishakhapatnam, Mallavarapu will moderate the session.

Father M.A. Joseph, CSsR will give a recollection talk and present the commissions' reports on Basic Ecclesial Communities, Bible, Canon Law, and Catechetics on the third day. The Bishop of Poona, Thomas Dabre will moderate the session.

Varghese Chakkalakal, Bishop of Calicut, will moderate the report of these commissions on ecumenism, family, laity, and women.

Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore will moderate a panel discussion on the fourth day, which will include reports on the liturgy, immigrants, proclamations, PMOs and Suvarta Kendras.

The same day, another set of commission reports will be presented on Vocations, ARMS, CDPI, Theology and Bioethics Forum and it will be moderated by the Archbishop of Patna, Sebastian Kallupura.

The Commission reports on Ecology, youth, Bethania, and Shanti Sadan will be presented in the evening by the Archbishop of Guwahati, John Moolachira.

Victor Henry Thakur, the Archbishop of Raipur, will moderate another session of Commissions' reports on communications, media, education, health and social services.

The last two days have been set aside for business sessions and presentations of reports of the regional bishop’s council and valedictory functions.


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