CCBI’s mega Silver Jubilee meet at Vailankanni

February 5, 2013 by  
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Towards a Pastoral Plan for the Church in India

CCBI’s Mega Silver JubileeKarnataka, February 04, 2013: With a project of “Pastoral Plan for the Church in India”, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), which is the Episcopal Body of the Roman Catholic Latin Rite Church in India, is gearing up for a meaningful celebration of 25 years of its establishment from 5-10 February, 2013. It was established on 22nd April 1988 following the directive of the letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Bishops of India on 28th May 1987. The fourth largest Episcopal Body in the world, the CCBI is the largest Episcopal Conference in Asia, put in charge of the Faithful of the Latin Church.

The silver turns even gold because the celebrations have been planned together with the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the declaration of the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health, Vailankanni as a Minor Basilica in 1963. The celebrations acquire importance as the Pope, Benedict the XVI is sending an emissary in the person of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples. The Silver Jubilee of the CCBI and the Golden Jubilee of the Vailankanni Basilica are to be soleminised at the same solemn Concelebration together with all the Bishops and the Apostolic Nuncio for India Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, on Sunday 10th of   February 2013.

The CCBI wishes that the celebration would not only be a historical and a grand type of event but it is an opportune time for aggiornamento with a pastoral plan for the Church in India, which has diverse needs and challenges but also some commonalities. Thus, the 120 shepherds expected, would deliberate on the need of a pastoral plan with priorities and concrete Action plan for a decade or so. It would bring about a Catholic renaissance in the Church in India for the cause of ‘New Evangelization’. The plan is hoped for deepening the faith of the practicing Catholics, inviting the lapsed and proclaiming good news to the non-Christians.  It is a great hope in the Year of Faith for the Latin Church in India. And the three sui juris Churches would share their faith, programs of faith and projects of service to make a better India promoting God’s reign in this rich religious land of India.

– fr udumala bala

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