Pope picks 13 Indians for synod on youth

The October 3 to 28 synod will discuss “young people, faith and vocational discernment”


By Matters India Reporter

New Delhi: Pope Francis has chosen 13 Indians to attend the Synod of Bishops on Youth in October together with other Catholic leaders from around the world.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), will lead the Indian delegation composed of three cardinals, two archbishops, four bishops, two priests and two youth.

The pope has approved the members elected by the three individual sui juris (Ritual) Churches that have their respective episcopal bodies, which constitute CBCI, to represent the Indian Church at the synod.

The Syro-Malabar Bishops’ Synod is represented by Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pandarasseril of Kottayam, president of the Youth Commission, and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pamplany of Tellicherry.

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum -Malankaras, will represent the Synod for the Syro-Malankara Church.

The Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) for the Latin Church will include Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras and Mylapore, (Tamil Nadu), Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril of Vijayapuram (Kerala), Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary (Karnataka) and Archbishop John Barwa, of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar (Odisha).

The two youth representatives are Percival Holt, national president of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement under CCBI, and Cherylanne Menezes from Focolare Movement in Mumbai, India.
Other participants are Father Thomas Kallikat, Chancellor and Judicial Vicar from the diocese of Belthangady, Karnataka and Father Joseph Kochappillil. Both will serve as the assistants.

The synod will meet at the Vatican on October 3 to 28 to discuss “young people, faith and vocational discernment.”

The synod will address various issues on sexuality and gender, the role of women, and the desire for a Church which knows how to listen.

In March this year, more than 300 young adult delegates, including a few Indians, gathered in Rome, where Pope Francis convened a pre-synod meeting to listen directly to the voice of young people from around the world.

The gathering produced the “instrumentum laboris” or the working document for the upcoming synod.

The synod comes at a critical moment in Pope Francis’ papacy as the crisis over clergy sex abuse continues to roil the Catholic Church.

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3 thoughts on “Pope picks 13 Indians for synod on youth

  1. Enquire how our CATHOLIC CHURCH is giving out church properties to non Catholics/Christians on “long leases” and “tenancies” and arguing that there is no SALE.
    SHAMEFUL.

  2. There is very much possibility for Indian groups to speak in favour of lesbian, Guys, and bisexuals… Because I found none the elected group apoplectic on the Supreme Court’s verdict on legalising this anti Christian and against biblical morality…
    Many outgoing Catholics expressed their though as It is already in Europe so why not in India?
    I quote the bible
    “You know neither Scripture nor the power of God”(Matt 22:29)..

    Our cardinals and bishop who wear ‘Shiva puja Rukdrasha’ open only their mouth in public on Raksha bhandhan, Muharram etc… But when church in fire They silently practice virtue of forgiveness and virtue of silence..and they say let us Wait for the God to come and do something if it is wrong…
    If Rukdrasha can produce luck and more holiness cardinals should make a circular for all Indian priests and nuns to bear it for compulsory otherwise themselves should throw that belongs to shiva bhaktas…

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