15 "Be Fully Indian & Fully Christian" - Fr Stephen Alathara

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:32 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 6:32 AM ]
Inaugurating the 30th Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) of the Latin Church, in Bangalore on Sunday February 4, 2018, His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India and the Archbishop of Bombay, exhorted the Bishops in India to urge the faithful to become fully Indian and fully Christian.

He said: "The Catholic Church needs our nation, and India needs the Church. We will be discussing our role as Indian Christians, and asking our people to become better Indian Christians. This is the call of today—to be fully Indian, fully Christian."

"Our responsibility is to make the gospel values present in society, and make people not only think about, but also discuss gospel values as an element of evangelization—be it eradication of corruption, spreading of gospel values, truth, justice, selflessness, removal of prejudices, exploitation of tribals and oppression of Dalits. Pastors should smell of the sheep, and at the same time, they should smell of God," stated Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

His Grace, Most Rev. George Antonysamy, the Vice President of the CCBI and the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore welcomed the gathering. The Secretary General of the CCBI, His Grace Most Rev. Anil Couto, Archbishop of Delhi presented the annual report. Rev. Dr Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General of the CCBI, proposed the vote of thanks.

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) and a member of G9—the Cardinal consultors of Pope Francis, was the main celebrant of the Inaugural Holy Mass of the 30th Plenary Assembly of the CCBI.

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