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posted Mar 22, 2018, 1:53 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 1:53 AM ]

CBCI President, Cardinal Oswald Gracias met the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi

The newly elected President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, met the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, at the PM's Office in Parliament House, this morning.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias recalled the Church's long standing contributions to nation building and her work for the wellbeing of people of India, especially in the field of education, health care and social uplift. The CBCI President said that aware of the great challenges the country is facing, the Church wants to be fully part of the great project of nation building.

The Cardinal also discussed with the Honourable Prime Minister the possibility of a visit of Pope Francis to our country. Pope Francis is the leader of the Universal Church, acclaimed worldwide and appreciated by people of all beliefs, and his visit will bring long term benefits to our country, the Cardinal said. The Prime Minister reacted positively to this desire of the whole Catholic Community.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias also drew the attention of the Prime Minister towards a growing anxiety in certain sections of the community regarding the sporadic attacks on minority institutions and personnel in different parts of the country. If the message goes out that these acts of violence are against the law, harm the country and will not be tolerated, it will go a long way in allaying the fears of the community, and will discourage the misguided people from creating mischief, the Cardinal told the Prime Minister.

Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, assured the CBCI President that his first priority is the welfare of the people and eradication of poverty. Prime Minister reiterated that he is the Prime Minister of all Indians, irrespective of caste and creed, and told the Cardinal that if there is any issue that is to be brought to his attention, he will be always available and willing to look into it. The meeting with the Prime Minister conducted in an atmosphere of cordiality and openness was reassuring, and helped both sides to understand each other better.

Msgr. Joseph Chinnayyan

New Delhi, 20.03.2018 Deputy Secretary General, CBCI & Director, CBCI Centre

5 Years of Pope Francis: A Marathon of Mercy


March 13, 2018, marked the fifth anniversary of the election of the relatively unknown Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina, to the Chair of St Peter, who, as Pope Francis, has gone on to become one of the most riveting, intriguing and remarkable world leaders of our time.

Since his election, Pope Francis has not only rejuvenated the Catholic Church, but has single handedly refreshed the way the secular world traditionally sees the message of Christ. He's added, so to say, a new lens through which we as Catholics see ourselves and our Church, through the lens of dialogue and mercy.


Emeritus Pope Benedict on Pope Francis' five years


March 13 is the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis to the papacy. And despite his critics, some prominent Church leaders openly and honestly discuss what they really think of him, the impact that his ministry has on the universal Church, and on the world.

And what does the retired Pope, Emeritus Pope Benedict, think of Pope Francis, five years into his papacy? Well, his thoughts are pretty clear. In a recent letter that he penned to the Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, he wrote: 'Criticism against Pope Francis is foolish prejudice.' 


He dies for us


He did not die for Himself. He was born sinless, yet He died the death of a criminal. He was scourged, spat upon. His clothes were divided, and lots were cast for them, as they were woven seamless.

His birth was announced by a host of angels. He was given a name that was above all names. He was brought up like any ordinary child and took up the trade of his earthly father. He was lost in the Temple, only to be found in the company of wise men.

Jesus, throughout His public life, helped others. He went out of His way to help the fishermen who had not caught any catch; he calmed the storm; he fed the multitude; he helped the lame and blind; he helped at the wedding of Cana, even though His time had not come. He went out of His way to bring the dead to life – be it the widow's only child, Jairus' daughter or Lazarus.