08 Theological Symposium on Faith in the Indian Context - CBCI Press Release

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:32 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:32 AM ]
A Theological Symposium on Christian Faith in a Multicultural Context was held at St John's Medical College Campus in Bangalore, India from January 21 to 24, 2019. The Symposium, organised by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was attended by 44 Bishops and Theologians from India.

The CDF Delegation consisted of Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, SJ, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, OP, Adjunct Secretary, and some Officials of the same Congregation. Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See in India, also took part in the meeting.

The participants from the Indian Episcopate, representing the three Ritual Churches of the country, were led by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of the CBCI, Cardinal Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, President of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malankara Church, Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, President of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, and Archbishop Thomas Mar Koorilos, Chairman of the CBCI Office for Doctrine. The meeting was attended by another 18 Archbishops and Bishops, and 22 theologians - priests, sisters and laymen, representing the three sui iuris Churches in India.

The idea for an annual meeting between Bishops and Theologians in India was initiated in 1996. Later, during the gathering of a delegation of Indian Bishops with representatives of various Dicasteries of the Holy See in Rome, a proposal was made for the participation of the CDF in such a meeting. Responding affirmatively to this invitation, the Congregation participated in a Theological Colloquium with Bishops and Theologians from January 16 to 22, 2011.