The Office-Bearers of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) headed by its President, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis and accompanied by the Secretary General, Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas and the Deputy Secretary General, Msgr. Joseph Chinnayyan, met the Prime Minister in his Office in the Parliament this evening.
The Delegation requested the Hon’ble Prime Minister to invite the Pope to visit India, at a convenient date, suitable to both the Government of India, and the Vatican. The Hon’ble Prime Minister assured the Delegation that he would seriously look into the matter, consult with his colleagues and will do the needful. Cardinal Baselios Cleemis also requested the Hon’ble Prime Minister, to personally lead the Indian delegation, for the Canonization of Mother Theresa, to be held in Rome on September 4, 2016. The Hon’ble Prime Minister appreciated the sentiments of the Bishops and assured, that he would favourably consider the proposal.
The CBCI Delegation, while appreciating and thanking the Government of India, for what has been done so far, to save the life of Fr. Tom Uzunnalil from the abductors, requested, that the Hon’ble Prime Minister personally intervene for the safe release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.
The CBCI Delegation welcomed the many initiatives of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, to make India self-reliant and to improve the standard of life of millions of the Rural and Weaker Sections of the Society. The Delegation assured the Hon’ble Prime Minister full cooperation and participation in all the efforts of the present Government, towards building of a better India.