Sr Navya,Secretary, CBCI Council for Women organized an awareness program in a Delhi slum for little girls on the eve of the Day of the Girl child,8th September 2021.
For Immediate Release
HANDBOOK ON WAYS TO BRING UNITY AMONG ALL CHRISTIANS RELEASED TODAY IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL
BY VATICAN AMBASADOR TO INDIA
New Delhi, 31st August 2021
Today, 31st August 2021, at a simple function, His Excellency Most Rev Leopoldo Girelli, the Apostolic Nuncio/Vatican Ambassador to India, accompanied by Most Rev Anil J.T. Couto, Archbishop of Delhi, Most Rev. Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, Archbishop-Bishop of Faridabad, Most Rev. Subodh C. Mondal, Delhi Episcopal Area, Methodist Church in India, Most Rev. John Mor Irenaeus, Believers Eastern Church, Delhi Diocese, Father Jervis D’ Souza, Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) and Father Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), released a handbook on better understanding of Ecumenism or the way to re-establish full visible unity among all the baptized titled “May They All Be One: Ecumenism in Catholic Perspective” at Yusuf Sadan, Archbishop’s House Campus, Ashok Place, Near Gol Dakkhana, New Delhi.
The book is to help Christian faithful and pastors in their day-to-day ministry of building up the Body of Christ in the local Church by healing the wounds of division inflicted by history. It is to further achieve the goal of Bishops and Pastors of the Church to promote unity of all Christians by supporting activities and initiatives undertaken for the purpose. It is to fulfil the long desire to be one single vine - as one.
The book tries to answer some of the challenging questions like: Haven’t divisions weakened the Body of Christ? Are we not all in some way responsible for the mistrust and often even open hostility towards members of Churches other than our own? The book targets tiny 2.35% of Indian Christian population not as an exercise in archaeology, rather as a means to be more informed and involved.
It is built on the sound premise that what unites all churches as members of Christ’s Body is much more than what divides them as individual ecclesial units. It traces the long history of both church unity and church division. In tracing out this history, it honestly affirms that due to lapses on the part of many leaders and members of the churches. There have been conflicts and schisms which need to be resolved in a true spirit of fraternity and forgiveness.
Speaking at the function, His Excellency Most Rev Leopoldo Girelli, the Apostolic Nuncio/Vatican Ambassador to India said: “The book proposes a common call for Christian unity made by the Second Vatican Council through prayer and dialogue. Adequate formation for the ecumenical dialogue needs to be fostered among all the churches in India. The Church is open to ecumenical endeavour for the witness of unity among all people.”
In his Ecclesia in Asia (1999) Pope John Paul II exhorted the Bishops of Asia “to set up and oversee ecumenical centres of prayer and dialogue,” advising that, “adequate formation for ecumenical dialogue need to be included in the curriculum of seminaries, houses of formation and educational institutions”.
Echoing similar sentiments Archbishop of Delhi, Most Rev Anil JT Couto, who is an ardent promoter of ecumenism and lectures widely on ecumenism, says: “If ecumenism is to make any progress in India, the theological formation imparted in faculties of theology, seminaries and formation houses of the religious should have an ecumenical thrust along with the on-going formation of priests and religious.”
The book is the outcome of the long and in-depth research and study by the CCBI Commission for Ecumenism by Archbishop Anil Couto, Archbishop Felix Machado, Bishop Selvister Ponnumuthan, Fr. Jos De Cuyper S.J., Fr. Gilbert De Lima, Fr. Gilbert Aranha, Fr. Anthoniraj Thumma, Fr. Joseph Sugun Leon and Fr. Errol A. D’ Lima S.J. Foreword written by Most Rev. Francis Serrao S.J., Bishop of Shimoga and Chairman, CCBI Commission for Ecumenism. Preface is written by His Grace Filipe Neri Ferrao, President CCBI and Archbishop of Goa and Daman.
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A Loving Tribute to late Bishop Jacob Barnabas
--- Sr Navya, FCC, CBCI Secretary Women’s Council
You were the fragrance of Gospel. You were our symbol of courage. You were our emblem of hope. You were our model of faith. You were our paragon of love. You were the source of inspiration and motivation. You were our champion. You were the powerhouse of ideas. How sharp your mind was! How strong your heart was! How pure your soul was! How simple your life was! How awesome your attitude was!
Your memories are a special gift that we will always treasure. The pain will never really go from our hearts, but we will always love you and remember you every day. Life will never be the same now that you’re gone, but we will honour your memory in the best way possible.
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way. The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family and the entrusted task." Yes, you were a loving father for us all.
Rabindranath Tagore said, “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Your life was a blessing for many, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. You taught us that “Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Your life for the poor and with the poor is an inspiration for us. A motivation to bring up the downtrodden and to stretch our hands to the needy. Your prophetic voice echoed in the lives of many who were depressed and disappointed. It’s hard to forget someone who gave us much to remember. A silent thought, a secret tear, keeps your memory ever dear Your Excellency.
You are our legend. We pay homage to you, dear good shepherd.
Eternal rest grand to him O, Lord and let Your light shine upon him.
May his noble soul rest in peace.
NBCLC OFFERS FOUR WEEK BIBLE COURSE
Around 57 participants comprising of cardinals, archbishops, bishops, nuns, clergy and a few men and women theologians met online via zoom from 21st to 23rd July from 5.30 pm to 8.15 pm to deliberate on the theme “Covid Era: Prognosis of the Possibilities and Challenges in Post Covid Ecclesial life”.
After a short opening session inaugurated by H.Em. Oswald Cardinal Gracias, felicitated by H.B. George Cardinal Alencherry and presided by H.G. Thomas Mar Koorilos, four papers were presented on the possibilities and challenges for the church in the light of the four dreams of Pope Francis in Querida Amazonia, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation addressed to the people of God and to all persons of good will.
The four dreams presented in QA - social, cultural, ecological and ecclesial, challenge the Indian church to break away from tendencies of consumerism, globalization, bureaucracy, institutionalization, cultural superiority, mono-cultural nationalism, religious extremism, clericalism and an exclusivist identity so as to cultivate holiness through authentic transformation, dialogue, solidarity, networking, care for our roots, care for migrants, for indigenous people and for the entire ecosystem.
There is a widening from a Church centred approach to a global incarnational mission calling for attention to culture, language, customs, traditions, diversity and relationships. Dialogue, inculturation, co-responsibility and synodality are considered necessary for evangelization. There is need for a renewed ecclesial approach to methodology, content of ecclesial teaching, ministerial praxis and ecclesial relations in keeping with the current pandemic and changing times. Fidelity to love of God, neighbour and nature must be seen as a priority.
The disputed areas concerning the Amazonian synodal process, authority of the magisterium, ordination of married men and inclusion of women as deacons etc., were also touched upon. There is a need for conversion, for building bridges, for more involvement of the laity and for inclusion of women’s voices and contribution in the Indian church. Note was taken of the minimal presence of women theologians at the colloquium. The church must also respond to the cries of the oppressed and marginalized and pay heed to “God’s dream for their fullness of life”.
The need of a biblical hermeneutical method that is “socially liberative, culturally integrating, ecologically inclusive, and ecclesially engaging” was highlighted and recognized the scope of Christian scholars and faithful to be evangelizers and restorers of life.
The presentations of the second day focussed on radical changes in seminary formation, the importance of celebrating the life and faith of the domestic church, restructuring the life of the clergy and parish in the Covid context and the possibilities and challenges of post-Covid ecclesial life.
Seminarians must be formed to be passionate disciples and compassionate to people. Human, spiritual, intellectual and disciplinary formation must be geared towards pastoral praxis with a passion for those at the peripheries. The temptations of minimalism, seeking safe zones, selfishness, etc. must be attended to. Priesthood is not a gift to a person but one’s self-gift to the Church.
The providential change of homes becoming the sanctuary of the domestic church during the pandemic lockdown was recognized. It is like going back to the first century of celebrating life and faith in Christ in the family milieu. Family liturgies must be given importance along with enabling families to draw spiritual strength and celebrate life in the midst of their pain, brokenness, struggles and domestic violence.
The need to awaken the laity in the Church was also touched upon. There is need to rebuild the spiritual bonding of the faithful and clergy and look for new modes of the Catholic presence through a composite model balancing freedom and authority, responsibility and accountability, centrality and subsidiarity. The clergy could take on the role of accompaniment as facilitators and animators enabling the laity to be more involved and giving credible witness through their lives. There is a need for new ministries, new programs, new relationships, new symbols, new ideas and new practices
that will take the church forward in the post-covid context. Ongoing formation and training at all levels are necessary especially for youth, catechists and the laity.
The final day paid more attention to young people, laity, worship and dialogue. Special efforts need to be made to help young people to deal with the enormous problems that they are facing and help them to take active roles in the domestic, social and ecclesial spheres. The importance of dialogue came up in many of the presentations and was reiterated in relation to Fratelli Tutti to accomplish universal solidarity and build human families in the midst of division, hatred and diverse ideologies.
The role of the laity in safeguarding and leading the church forward was underscored and seen as “complementing and co-operating with the clergy”. Collaboration is necessary. Leadership of the laity could help the church combat to the various difficulties the administration of the Church faces, such as abuses, mismanagement and power dynamics. It was also highlighted that the lockdown helped significantly the clergy and laity to re
discover the essence of worship in spirit and truth as revealed by Jesus to the Samaritan woman. Attention of the meaning and interiority of the liturgy would allow us to get transformed. A good balance is needed between personal and communal worship to enter into the true spirit of the liturgy.
With the concluding remarks by the Chairman the colloquium came to a close.
Statement Courtesy: Dr. Patricia Santos, RJM, JDV Pune
+ Thomas Mar Koorilos (Chairman)
Metropolitan Archbishop of Tiruvalla
+ Albert D’Souza (Member)
Archbishop of Agra
+ Joseph Pamplany (Member)
Auxiliary Bishop of Thalassery
Dr. Thomas Vadakkel
Secretary, CBCI Office for Doctrine
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WEBINAR ON ANTIQUUM MINISTERIUM
(Instituting the Ministry of Catechist) and its applicability to India.
NBCLC (National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre, Bengaluru) which is at the service and the renewal of the Indian Church organized this webinar on 16th July 2021 Friday from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm to explain the background and the content of this document and to reflect on the applicability of the document and ministry in the Indian Church.
The webinar was both in zoom meeting and you tube channel. The speakers and the title of the webinar were
1) His Beatitude Cardinal Mar George Alencherry
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church
Metropolitan Archbishop of Ernakulam – Angamaly
The title: Antiquum Ministerium (Instituting the Ministry of Catechist) – Need and the message of the Document. And
2) Rev. Fr. Jerome Vallabaraj, SDB,
Professor of Catechetics, Becchi Don Bosco, Kavarapettai,
Former Professor of Catechetics, Pontifical Salesian University, (Rome).
The topic: The applicability of the document and this ministry to the Indian Church.
The first speaker was Cardinal Alencherry. His talk was very informative about the Catechism Ministry by the laity. He introduced the Papal Document and explained the purpose and the qualifications of the lay ministers who are to be involved in the new ministry.
The second speaker was Rev. Fr. Jerome Vallabaraj, who gave detailed explanation about the purpose, mode of operation, quality of training of the laity. His power point presentation was useful to understand the Papal Document and its contents. He affirmed that now it is the duty of the Bishops’ Conference and Regional Bishops’ Councils to go ahead.
Vote of thanks was given by Rev. Dr. A John Baptist, Director - NBCLC. He thanked the resource persons for the availability and presence.
He also thanked Most Rev. Pauly Kannookadan, Chairman, NBCLC, who proposed this document for study and initiated the process of organising this webinar, which is the fourth in NBCLC webinar series on the papal documents. The team of persons who worked behind the screen at the planning and execution of this webinar such as Rev Fr. Arul Raj Sampath, Mr. Biju, Mrs. Amul, Sr. Almeda, all the staff at NBCLC, Mr. Victor and Mr. Kiran were also thanked. The meeting came to an end with praying the Angelus and blessing of Cardinal.
Ref: CBCI-Gen/Cir-08/2021 16th July, 2021
TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HIERARCHY
Sub: Appointment of the Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi.
Your Eminence, Your Beatitude, Your Grace, Your Excellency, Your Lordship,
In the light of the Communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Deepak Valerian Tauro, of the Clergy of Muzaffarpur, as Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi, assigning him the Titular See of Buleliana.
This provision was made public in Rome on Friday, 16th July 2021, at noon, corresponding to 15:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
Fr. Deepak Valerian Tauro was born on 2nd August, 1967, at Chikmagalur, Karnataka. He did his Minor Seminary at Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and studied Philosophy at Morning Star College, Kolkata. After 2 years’ regency, he completed his Theology at St. Albert's College in Ranchi and was ordained Priest on 10th May, 1996, for the Diocese of Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He obtained a Masters in Spirituality and Counselling from Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore (2005). He served in the following ministries: Asst. Parish Priest at Samastipur (1996-1997); Asst. Parish Priest at Bettiah (1997-1999); Rector of the Minor Seminary, Muzaffarpur (1999-2002 and 2005-2007); Secretary to the Bishop (2007-2010); Vice Director and Director of Diocesan Youth Forum (2007-2011); Regional Secretary of CDPI (2009-2011); Rector of the Minor Seminary, Muzaffarpur (2010-2011); Professor and Spiritual Director at St. Albert's College, Ranchi (2011-2015). Since 2012, he has been Secretary of Bihar, Jharkhand and Andaman's Bishops Council (BIJHAN) and since 2015, Rector of St. Albert's College, Ranchi (re-elected for a second term).
We send our prayerful greetings and best wishes to Bishop-elect Deepak Valerian Tauro. We entrust the Bishop’s new ministry to the maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado
Secretary General, CBCI
The Jharkhand-Andaman Regional Bishops Council had meetings with His Excellency Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli at the CBCI Centre and at the Nunciature on 7th and 8th July,2021.Bishop Vincent Barwa,Simdega Diocese and Fr Jervis Dsouza, Deputy Secretary General,CBCI welcome His Excellency for the meetings
WEBINAR ON AMORIS LAETITIA
[FOCUSSING HOW FAMILIES CAN FOSTER THE FAITH
OF THE LAITY AT PANDEMIC SITUATION]
A webinar was held on 28thMay 2021, Friday, between 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm on AMORIS LAETITIA. It was organised by the National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), Bengaluru.
The Theme of Webinar focused on how families can foster the faith in the pandemic situation. The number of participants was more than 100 in the Zoom and in the live stream there were 330 to 350 participants.
The webinar started with an opening prayer. Welcome words were addressed by Most Rev. Pauly Kannookadan, Chairman, NBCLC. The Director of NBCLC Rev. A. John Baptist, and Fr. Arul Raj Sampath organised this webinar.
The speakers were 1) His Beatitude Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, Major Archbishop – Catholics of the Syro-Malankara, Catholic Church & Major Archbishop of Trivandrum. And 2) Ms. Penny Bajaj, Family Synod Delegate, (Rome 2015), Mumbai.
His Beatitude Cardinal Cleemis spoke on “The Synod on Family and the Document Amoris Laetitia: General Concerns”. According to him Pope Francis affirms no family drops from heaven perfectly framed or formed, families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love. All of us are called to keep striving towards something greater than ourselves and our families. Every family must feel this constant impulse. Let us make this journey as families, let us keep walking together. Cardinal Cleemis also thanked Bishop Pauly and Father Anthony John Baptist.
The second speaker Mrs. Penny Bajaj was invited to make her presentation. Her topic was “Weaving new dream – Pastoral vision of this Amoris Laetitia”. She said that the current situation is very distressing in Mumbai. The amount of people who are dying, the amount of Priests and Nuns whom we have lost is something that saddens all of us. We really do not know how to handle the situation. There is really no answer to this, completely new experience that we are going through and it is only with our love, with our communication and dialogue that we can overcome this, she said.
Vote of thanks was proposed by Rev. Dr. John Baptist, Director of NBCLC. The webinar came to end with a prayer from Amoris Laetitia read out by Chairman of NBCLC.
WEBINAR ON PATRIS CORDE (WITH A FATHER’S HEART) – St. Joseph for India.
A webinar on “Patris Corde (with a Father’s Heart) – St. Joseph for India” was held on 01st May 2021, Saturday, between 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. It was organised by the National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), Bengaluru. The Theme of Webinar focused on Father’s Heart of St. Joseph.
The webinar started with prayer. Welcome words were addressed by Rev. Dr. A. John Baptist, Director, NBCLC. The speakers were Most. Rev. Pauly Kannookadan, Chairman, NBCLC. Most. Rev. Anil Joseph Thomas Couto, Archbishop of Delhi, and Most Rev. Thomas Dabre Bishop of Poona.
Most Rev. Thomas Dabre speaking about the Apostolic letter, said that St. Joseph is “an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble”. St. Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all. He also enumerated the qualities of Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creativity courageous, a working father and a father in the shadows. He concluded the talk with a prayer to St. Joseph.
Most Rev. Anil Couto, Archbishop of Delhi, making “An Indian Contextual Response” reflected on St. Joseph from the perspective of Indian Church, family and clergy and religious. He concluded his talk saying, “Patris Corde has come at the right time during this terrible Covid 19 Pandemic to help us to return to what is basic in our Christian faith and Human relations”.
After the clarification from the participants and concluding remarks of the Chairman of NBCLC, Rev. Fr. Arul Raj Sampath of NBCLC proposed the vote of thanks. The webinar came to an end with a prayer.
St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences organized a brief but meaningful ceremony of farewell and initiation on Monday 31st May 2021. The farewell was for Rev Fr Duming Dias, Associate Director, St John’s Medical College (AD-C), Rev Fr Pradeep Kumar Samad, Associate Director, St John ‘s Medical College Hospital (AD-H) and Rev Fr Vincent Rodrigues, Chaplain, who complete their term on the 31st of May 2021. The welcome and initiation was for Rev Dr Charles Davis, Rev Dr John Varghese and Rev Fr Sebi David, who will take charge as AD-C, AD-H and Chaplain respectively from the 1st of June 2021. The Dean, St John’s Medical College, the Chief of Medical Services and the Chief of Nursing Services, St John’s Medical College Hospital spoke about the tremendous work done by the outgoing leaders during their tenure of office. Rev Dr Paul Parathazham, Director, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences (SJNAHS) addressed the gathering comprising Heads of Departments and General Managers of the divisions in the institution, and spoke about the impact of Rev Fr Duming Dias, Rev Fr Pradeep Kumar Samad and Rev Fr Vincent Rodrigues on the mission of St John’s, and the indelible impressions they have made in their respective areas of work. He read out the letter from His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), in which His Eminence spoke of the valuable contributions of the outgoing leaders of St John’s wishing them well in their future ministry and welcomed the new leadership wishing them well in their task ahead.
The function ended with a group photograph of the audience in the presence of the Director and leadership of St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences. On the following day on 1 June 2021 the respective Associate Directors were installed in their offices by the Director. The Johnite Community wishes them all the best.
Dr Arvind Kasthuri MD DNB DGM Fr. Jesudoss Rajamanickam
St Johns Medical College, Bangalore Associate Director, Finance, SJNAHS