08 Communio India - Dr Fr Stephen Alathara

posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:44 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:44 AM ]
“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34)

"Communio India" is an initiative of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) to assist all our Dioceses and Religious Congregations working in rural and mission areas in their pastoral ministry.

The CCBI has been deliberating for a long time on how to find ways to help and promote evangelization and pastoral ministry in Mission areas facing financial difficulty. After extensive discussions through various meetings of the Executive Committee of the CCBI, it was decided to inaugurate "Communio India" during the 29th Plenary Assembly held in Bhopal from Jan. 31 to Feb. 8, 2017.

While the Universal Church observed the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016) and soon after, declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a Saint on September 4, 2016 as well as a model of mercy and compassion, the Latin Church in India took this historical decision, and declared "Communio India" as a response of the Indian Bishops to the appeal of Pope Francis to make the Church more merciful and compassionate.

The motto of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016 was "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36). Pope Francis, through the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus, requested all the faithful to become more merciful and compassionate. This historical decision to begin "Communio India" to help poor dioceses and religious congregations working in the Missions was taken when the CCBI Executive Committee met at St John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore on September 20, 2016.

The objectives of Communio India: (1) The Primary objective of "Communio India" is to assist our dioceses and religious congregations working in the Missions. (2) It is to build a culture of sharing among our own people in order to express solidarity with our needy brothers and sisters in the country. (3) To encourage our faithful to pray and help the Missions and the missionaries, and to promote missionary vocations. (4) To inspire our lay faithful to work in Mission areas as lay missionaries. (5) To prepare all our faithful as missionary disciples, as envisaged by Pope Francis.