The Catholic Bishops Conference of India has vowed to fight against injustice and for the marginalised in society.
At its 31st
Plenary Assembly in Palai in the southern state of Kerala, it said,
"The Church, following in the footsteps of Christ, cannot close its eyes
to the suffering and injustice that penalize the poor, marginalized and
Inaugurating the 9-day meet on February 4, Apostolic Nuncio
Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio stressed the importance of the renewal
of the Church as "a sure path towards greater fidelity to Christ and the
Citing Pope Francis, the Nuncio said, "Renewal of the Church
cannot be postponed. Every renewal leads the Church to recognize and
rediscover its missionary vocation".
CBCI president Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay said that Vatican
Council II was, “the source for renewal of the Church and society in
India", and in this process, "we must remain faithful to Christ". The
Cardinal quoted Pope John XXIII’s exhortation at the Vatican Council,
"Be holy in what you do, so that you can lead the faithful to holiness".
Archbishop D'Souza presented CBCI’s biennial report focusing on
Interreligious Dialogue in favour of the poor. "Interreligious dialogue
is essential to achieve the evangelizing mission of the Church. Christ
is asking us to open our hearts to others and walk with them as fellow
travellers," he said.
Challenges the church in India faces – the role of women in the
Church and society, equal opportunities and access to education,
preferential option for poor, Church’s presence and witness in society
and politics – will be discussed during the meeting that ends on
CBCI Secretary-General Archbishop Albert D'Souza of Agra said that
185 prelates, including archbishops, bishops and directors of national
centres of the Episcopal Conference were participating, making it the
largest plenary in the history of the Indian episcopate that includes
bishops of the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites.
dioceses, India is the fourth largest Conference of Bishops in size.