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Newly ordained bishops reflect on Church’s commitment

The bishops are at a seminar hosted by the Archdiocese of Bombay for bishops ordained in the last ten years


Thirty three newly ordained bishops from various dioceses across India have come together for five days of prayer and reflection on their role in the mission of the Catholic Church in India, reflected in both Church related issues as well as the commitment of the Church to society at large.

The bishops are at a seminar hosted by the Archdiocese of Mumbai for bishops ordained in the last ten years, being held from March 12 to 17 at the Goregaon Seminary in Mumbai.

The reflections and discussions are aimed to help the bishops in understanding the role and purpose of The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI).

The seminar also includes the study and discernment of their roles with respect to Administration, Canon law, Documentation and Maintenance of Archives, Financial Management, Formation of priests and seminarians, Conflict Management, and fostering right relationships between bishops, priests, religious and laity.

Another focus of the seminar is to comprehend the role of the church in nation building, inter-religious dialogue and dialogue among other churches. The relevance and impact of new media on the lives of people is another area which is covered at the conference.

To mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, the bishops held a special Eucharistic Adoration on March 13 for the Pope’s well-being.

March 14 was observed as a day of Pilgrimage and the bishops visited Mount Mary Basilica, Bandra and St Michael’s Church, Mahim. The day concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist presided over by Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, Apostolic Nuncio to India, at the Cathedral of the Holy Name. This was followed by a dinner hosted by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay.


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