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CSI to hold Bishops' Council in Dubai

Twenty two bishops from India and one from Sri Lanka would also attend the meet.

 
Dubai: 

The Church of South India (CSI) will hold its bishop council in Dubai for the first time, in an effort to better involve its people in the Persian Gulf countries in the Church's programs.

All the 22 bishops from Church of South India and some 2,000 delegates from Gulf countries of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait and UAE are scheduled to take part in the three-day event that starts tomorrow.


Besides the bishops from south India, a bishop from Sri Lanka would also attend the meet, said M. Durairaj, organizer of the event.


The common service with the holy communion will be arranged for the entire CSI congregation from the UAE and Gulf countries on Feb. 1 Friday at the Holy Trinity Church, Dubai, said Durairaj.


A general meeting of the believers will be held at 4pm on Friday in which over 2,000 representatives are expected to participate, he noted.


The council will discuss further cooperation in bringing all believers together as well as future plans associated with humanitarian efforts of the church through their Good Samaritan Fund, Durairaj added.


The organisers are chartering 100 buses to transport believers from around camps in Dubai and Northern Emirates for congregations held at the Trinity Church.


There are 22 CSI dioceses in India and one in Sri Lanka with more than five million members, he said.


Among the 22, six dioceses are in Andhra Pradesh, four in Karnataka, four in Kerala and eight in Tamil Nadu.


Durairaj said that in the UAE, the church members exceed 100,000, the second largest after Roman Catholics.


The CSI group in the UAE is largely involved in charity and humanitarian activities such as helping prisoners, visiting labor camps, helping dead body repatriation and medical support.


The group is running over 2,000 schools, over 125 colleges and 104 hospitals in different Indian states.


One of the most prominent hospitals where even Arab nationals frequently visit is the famous Vellore Christian Medical College Hospital in Tamil Nadu.


The Church recently started a new ministry for marriage counseling, a task held by the wives of the bishops.



Source: gulf today

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