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posted Jan 16, 2019, 7:51 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 7:51 AM ]

CCBI establishes new Commissions for Ecology and SCCs

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) established two new Commissions - for Ecology and Small Christian Communities (SCCs). The members of the 31st Plenary Assembly of the CCBI held from January 7-14, 2019, at Joe Animation Centre, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu voted in favour of establishing the two Commissions.

The Bishops decided to establish a special department for Ecology, as a response to the appeal of Pope Francis in his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' published in 2015, in which the Pope urges all people of good will to take care of our universe.


CCBI elects new Office-bearers

Most Rev. Dr Filipe Neri Ferrão, Archbishop of Goa and Daman, was elected as the new President of the CCBI at the 31st Plenary Assembly of the National Episcopal Conference of India, at Joe Animation Centre, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He will replace Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, who served the Conference as its President for three terms of two years each from 2013 to 2019.

Most Rev. Dr George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Chennai-Mylapore and Most Rev. Dr Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, the Archbishop of Delhi, were re-elected CCBI Vice President and Secretary General respectively.


Nuncio urges Indian Church to focus on humanity's needs

Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, has urged the Church in India to pay greater attention to the needs of humanity.

"There is a need for the Church to attend to the needs of humanity, which is the joy of the Church in living the Gospel," the nuncio said on January 8, while opening the 31st plenary assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India of the Latin Church in Chennai, southern India.

"This assembly is not the gathering of the hierarchies of the Church in India; rather, it is a gathering for the witness to the nation. Our unity, collaboration and oneness should prove to the nation that we witness the Joy of the Gospel by our life," the Italian prelate asserted.


World Day of the Sick kicks off at Nitika Don Bosco

As part of the preparation for the 27th World Day of the Sick, being held for the first time in the City of Joy, a four-day seminar was organised at Nitika Don Bosco, January 8-11, by Fr Gilbert Choondal and his team. Over 42 doctors and nurses from across the country attended the seminar.

With the seminar, Nitika began a training programme on pastoral ministry to the sick and elderly with a focus on catechesis, counselling, care, cure, comfort and communion for the Catholic doctors and nurses of India.

Collaborating with the Archdiocese of Calcutta, the Catechetical Centre at Nitika Don Bosco has already launched catechetical programmes and tools in preparing the faithful for the World Day of the Sick. A booklet named HealthCAT has already been sent out to all the parishes in Calcutta and to the CCBI bishops. This booklet is a catechism on the pastoral care of the sick and elderly.


Archbishop Zur, former Apostolic Nuncio to India, dies

Archbishop Giorgio Zur, who served in the Vatican diplomatic services for more than five decades, including two times in India, died on January 8 in Rome, the Secretariat of State in the Vatican has informed.

The German prelate would have turned 89 on February 15. Archbishop Zur served Vatican embassies or nunciatures in India, Burundi and Uganda. In India, he was first the secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature.

In 1972, he joined the Secretariat of State in the Vatican. He became a full-fledged ambassador when he was appointed the apostolic pro-nuncio in Zambia, Africa, in 1979.