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National Conference of Diocesan Priests in India (CDPI) in Ranchi

Nuncio Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, regional bishops and priests from India at the 19th national conference of the Diocesan priests of India (CDPI) on February 14, 2023

Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, inaugurated the 19th national Conference of the Diocesan Priests of India (CDPI) on February 14, at the Social Development Centre in Ranchi.

The four-day conference began at 4.30 pm on February 14, with holy mass celebrated by Nuicio Leopoldo at St. Mary's Cathedral, Ranchi, along with Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal, Bishop of Calicut and Patron of CDPI and regional bishops, Father Michael Ani, CDPI president, and Father Charles Leon, CDPI secretary.

Around 150 priests from across the country are present in the Conference with the theme “Expanding our Pastoral Tents for Communicating Jesus Story.”

The Nuncio said in his homily that “the personal encounter with the risen God encourages us to be authentic witnesses to proclaim the good news everywhere and to everyone.”

"The Church should accompany the faithful on their journey, as Jesus did with the disciples of Emmaus," he exhorted the priests gathered

The second day of this meeting will feature two sessions on the topic of ‘Communicating Jesus Story in light of the CCBI Plenary Assembly 2023,’ by Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General, Bangalore, as well as experiencing ‘Jesus Story among tribal communities’ through a village exposure, under the guidance of Father Sumit Xalxo, Ranchi Youth Director.

During the third and fourth days, presentations, group discussions, reflections, sharing, and action plans will be the main activities.  --Anbu Selvam


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