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CBCI and the Archdiocese of Delhi welcome the new Apostolic Nuncio to India
New Delhi, August 09, 2010
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in India and the Archdiocese of Delhi gave a warm welcome to Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio, the new Apostolic Nuncio to India on August 9, 2010 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
Along with Mons.
Chibuike Onyeaghala, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. at the Apostolic Nunciature, Mons.
Arnaldo and Mons.
Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, Major Archbishop
of Trivandrum and Vice-President-I of the CBCI
welcomed Most Rev. Salvatore Pennachio on behalf of 164 Catholic Dioceses of India
and assured full support and collaboration of the CBCI
to the new Nuncio in his
new mission as the representative of His
Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in India
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in India is deeply pained at the tragic incident and shares the anguish of all those who have suffered.
1. Inspired by the Holy Spirit and keenly aware of the responsibility placed on us to shepherd the flock of Christ, we, 157 Catholic Bishops of India, met for the 29th General Body Meeting of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati from 24 February to 3 March 2010, to reflect on and pray over the theme 'Youth for Peace and Harmony'.
Providentially, it happened to be the Silver Jubilee of the International Year of Youth (1985-2010).
Attending the Meeting were also the CBCI Commission Secretaries and Directors of National Centres, some office bearers of the Conference of Religious of India and the Catholic Council of India along with the National Director of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) and 51 youth delegates from the 13 regions of the country.
2. The relevance of the theme of our Meeting is evident from the fact that while the country is marching forward rapidly, it is simultaneously experiencing discord, disharmony and violence on several fronts.
The Church has always stood for the unity and integrity of the country as a Sovereign Democratic Republic and has been against violence even for the attainment of legitimate goals.
The face of India
today is 'young' - the population trends point towards the average Indian being less than 30 years of age by 2020.
5. We are concerned about the migration of young people from rural areas to towns and cities in India
In the light of our reflection on the Word of God, the teachings of the Church, the voice of young people and the deliberations of the Catholic Council of India
held on Jan. 9 - 12, 2010, we, the Bishops of India
, are committed:
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has elected Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai as its new President for the next two years on Monday, March 1, 2010 at its 29th General Body Meeting being held at Don Bosco Institute in Guwahati.
One hundred and forty five member bishops of CBCI
took part in the election of new office bearers.
The office bearers of the CBCI
consist of President, 2 Vice Presidents and Secretary General.
At every biennial General Body Meeting of the Bishops new officer bearers are elected to guide the apex body of the Catholic Church in India
Cardinal Oswald expressed his
gratitude to the bishops for placing their trust in him and assured them that he
would continue the good work of his
predecessors for the whole Catholic Church in the country.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias is also President of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India
(CCBI) belonging to the bishops of Latin rite, which is one of the three Episcopal bodies of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, the Major Archbishop the Syro-Malankara Ecclesiastical Traditions and Archbishop of Trivandrum was elected as Vice-President I and Bishop George Punnakottil of Kothamangalam belonging to the Syro-Malabar Church was elected as the Vice-President II of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.
This year one hundred and sixty three member bishops of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
participated at the inaugural ceremony of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops on February 24, 2010 at Don Bosco Institute
The Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi speaking at a public function on Sunday, February 28, eulogized the work of Christian Missionaries in North East India
and expressed his appreciation and thanks to the Church in India which is rendering yeomen service through its various institutions under the dynamic leadership of the Catholic Bishops of India.
Addressing a large gathering which had assembled to felicitate the Indian Bishops participating in the 29th General Body Meeting from February 24 to March 3, the Chief Minister said, ' Assam is privileged to host Bishops from all over India
who are dedicated and committed to the cause of humanity through their institutions in the fields of Education, Health and Social Development".
The Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of India
which is now underway at Don Bosco Institute
discussed in length the various aspects of youth for peace and harmony in the society on Thursday, February 25.
The 29th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India began on February 24 at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Assam with a solemn Holy Mass presided over by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Vice President I of the Conference.
163 Catholic Bishops of India
have gathered at Don Bosco Institute
for their Plenary Assembly which will discuss the theme, ' Youth for Peace and Harmony'.
The 29th General Body Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) will be held at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati, Assam from February 24 to March 3, 2010.
The General Body Meeting of the CBCI
is a regular feature of the activities of the Catholic Bishops of India
and is held once in two years in various dioceses of India
At every General Body Meeting, a particular theme of relevance to the Church and nation is discussed by the leaders of the Church.
The theme of the 29th General Body Meeting of CBCI
is 'Youth for Peace and Harmony'.
The religious heads of the Catholic Church in India
will deliberate and discuss in depth on the theme in order to formulate policies and strategies to motivate young people to serve the Church and the nation.
Over 160 Catholic Bishops of India
are expected to attend the CBCI General Body Meeting in Guwahati
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) expresses its heartfelt condolences at the demise of Shri Jyoti Basu, a well known pragmatic Marxist leader.
political acumen was put to good use at several critical times of India's
political advice was sought not only by his
admirers but by his
opponents as well.
departure from this universe has created a great vacuum in the Indian politics which will be hard to fill.
untainted political life is an example that he
never compromised with his
principles and remained loyal to his
effort to bring about justice to the landless and to the poor will always be remembered in the Indian History.
Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has appealed to all the Catholic dioceses in the country to pray for peace and harmony and a spirit of reconciliation on August 23.
Meanwhile, the Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) based in New Delhi has initiated a campaign to collect signatures to attach to a memorandum that will be presented to the President of India on August 23.
The memorandum to the President of India
will highlight the plight of the Christians in the country especially in Orissa where they were victims of communal violence.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
, with deep anguish and shock, condemns the killing of the innocent Catholic priest whose body was found on July 30, morning alongside the road at Kundady near Thottathady in Belthangady, Karnataka.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) welcomes the verdict of people who have voted the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) back to power for the second term in row.
The apex body of the Catholic Church in India
is pleased to know that the Indian voters have made a right choice in placing their faith in the UPA
to lead the country for the next five years.
We express our sincere gratitude to the Indian voters who have exercise