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India’s bishops reflect

BENGALURU (UCAN): Around 180 of the bishops of India met for a biennial plenary assembly on March 2 in the city of Bengaluru.

The president of the conference, Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, described the first challenge as coming from within the Church and the second as one facing a Church in a secular society.

Leakage to Pentecostal groups was one item on the agenda, together with the role of the laity and families in the work of mission and moving towards becoming a Church of the poor.

Secularism, cultural plurality and the need for better interreligious dialogue were also high on the priority list.


Currently, fundamentalist Hindu groups are stoking intolerance towards minority groups, but Cardinal Cleemis stressed that pluralism “is the culture of our nation and it faces challenges, it is for us to stand together” to help the country deal with it successfully.

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