Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão of Goa and Daman was elected as the new President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India (CCBI) by the 31st Plenary Assembly of the National Episcopal Conference of India, at a meeting held in Mahabalipurm.
Archbishop George Antonysamy of Chennai-Mylapore ( whose seat is in San Thome) and Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto of Delhi were re-elected CCBI vice president and secretary general respectively.
Archbishop Antonysamy ( seen in the photo), 66, held various responsibilities of the Catholic church in the past, viz. Pope’s Ambassador to Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone; charge d’affaires of the Vatican embassy in Jordan. In 2012 he was appointed the sixth Archbishop of Chennai-Mylapore archdiocese.
The Assembly deliberated the theme “The Joy of the Gospel” and it will chalk out detailed programmes and action plans to revitalize the ministry of love and compassion for the Church at the diocesan and parish levels.
The CCBI is canonically the National Episcopal Conference for the Latin rite Catholics. It is the largest Bishops Conference in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. It consists of 132 dioceses with 189 bishops.
- Report courtesy; Matters India