12 September,2016

The Catholic Bishops Conference expresses its heartfelt sorrow on the passing away one of Catholic Church’s beloved, courageous and illustrious sons Mr. George Menezes.
A  prominent Journalist, award winning writer,  inspirational speaker and a divergent thinker, Mr. Menezes served God and humanity with full dedication and love.  He served India as an Indian Airforce officer and as a diplomat with the Indian Embassy in Paris. His short stint in politics joining the National Executive of the Bharatiya Janata Pary ended with a hard hitting open letter to Mr. L.K. Advani lamenting the way things were being dealt with. 
He loved the Church with all his heart. He rendered  services as a member of the Pontifical Council for Laity, a Member of the “think thank” of Federation of  Asian Bishops’ Conferences and President of the All India Catholic Union.  
 We might have not always agreed with what he said but we were absolutely sure that he loved the Church and wanted the Church to love and be loved.  We convey our heartfelt condolences to the children and family of Mr. George Menezes, May God grant him Eternal Rest.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX
Secretary General, Catholic Bishops’ conference of India