Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
|Catholic Bishops' Conference of India|
|Motto||United in Witness|
|Legal status||Civil nonprofit|
|Purpose/focus||To support the ministry of bishops|
|Membership||Active and retired Catholic bishops of India|
|President||Cardinal Oswald Gracias|
|Affiliations||Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences|
|Website||Official CBCI webpage|
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) is the episcopal conference of the Catholic bishops of India. It was constituted in September 1944, in Madras (now Chennai). Since the establishment of the CBCI, the CBCI Secretariat was functioning in Bangalore until 1962 when it was shifted to the national capital, New Delhi. The CBCI is a part of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.
The ordinary members of the CBCI comprises all diocesan and eparchial bishops in India and those considered equal to them by canon law, as well as co-adjutor and auxiliary Bishops, and other titular Bishops performing a special work in India entrusted to them by the Apostolic See or by the Conference. Retired bishops and other titular tishops, not ordinary members of the Conference, and residing in India, are honorary members of the Conference. As of February 2013, the CBCI had around 165 members and 49 honorary members and it serves 166 dioceses.
The objectives of the CBCI are to facilitate coordinated study and discussion of questions affecting the Church, and adoption of a common policy and effective action in matters concerning the common interests of the Catholic Church in India. The CBCI reviews the position of the Church in India, and also undertakes a variety of activities covering, for example, the youth, health care and media. Another role of the CBCI is to foster the communion among the three sui juris Churches. The CBCI is the face of the Catholic Church in India promotes advocacy on national issues, makes representation to Government, liaises with the Government and networks with other Christian Churches, organizations, associations of civil society and people of other religions.
Related episcopal conferences of India
The CBCI is at the service of the different episcopal conferences of three rites and the 13 regional councils of bishops.
Episcopal bodies of the three rites
- Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) from Latin Church
- Syro-Malabar Bishops' Synod (SMBS) from Syro-Malabar Church
- Holy Episcopal Synod from Syro-Malankara Church
Regional bishops' councils
- The Agra Regional Bishops' Council (ARBC) consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Agra and dioceses of the Oriental Rites in Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Rajasthan.
- The Andhra Pradesh Bishops' Council (APBC) comprises all the Bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam and dioceses of Oriental Rites in Andhra Pradesh.
- The Bengal Regional Bishops' Council (BRBC) consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Calcutta.
- The BIJHAN Regional Bishops' Council (BRBC) consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Ranchi and Patna.
- The Council of Bishops of Chhattisgarh (CBCG) consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Raipur and diocese of Oriental Rite in Chhattisgarh.
- The Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops' Council (KRCBC) comprises all the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bangalore and dioceses of Oriental Rites in Karnataka.
- The Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) comprises all the Bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Changanacherry, Ernakulam-Angamaly, Kottayam, Trichur, Tellicherry, Tiruvalla, Trivandrum (Syro-Malankara Rite), Trivandrum (Latin Rite) and Verapoly.
- The Council of Bishops of Madhya Pradesh (CBMP) consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Bhopal and dioceses of Oriental Rites in Madhya Pradesh.
- The Regional Bishops' Council of the North consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Delhi.
- The North Eastern Regional Council consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Shillong, Guwahati and Imphal.
- The Orissa Bishops' Regional Council (OBRC) consists of the Bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar.
- The Tamil Nadu Bishops' Council (TNBC) comprises all the Bishops of ecclesiastical provinces of Madras-Mylapore, Madurai, Pondicherry-Cuddalore and dioceses of the Oriental Rites in Tamil Nadu.
- The Western Regional Bishops' Council comprises all the Bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Bombay, Nagpur, Goa and Daman, Gandhinagar and dioceses of Oriental Rites in the Western Region.
- Valerian Gracias (1958–1972)
- Mar Joseph Parecattil (1972–1976)
- Lawrence Picachy, S.J. (1976–1982)
- Simon Pimenta (1982–1988)
- Benedict Varghese Gregorios Thangalathil, O.I.C. (1988–1989)
- Alphonsus Mathias 1989 – 1994)
- Joseph Powathil (1994–1998)
- Alan Basil de Lastic (1998 – 20 June 2000)
- Cyril Baselios Malancharuvil, O.I.C. (2000–2004)
- Telesphore Toppo (12 January 2004 – 19 February 2008)
- Mar Varkey Vithayathil, C. Ss. R. (19 February 2008 – 3 March 2010)
- Oswald Gracias (4 March 2010 – )
- Caritas India
- St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences
- National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC)
- National Vocation Service Centre (NVSC)
- National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT)
- CBCI Society for Medical Education, North India
- "CBCI Elects Cardinal Oswald Gracias as New President". Daijiworld Media. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-10.