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Indian nuns told to reform their lives

Women Religious plenary views challenges of modern life

Indian nuns told to reform their lives reporter, Kochi

January 10, 2011

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A bishop has urged India’s Catholic Religious women to reform themselves and re-orientate their lives to meet the modern challenges. “The whole world is looking at us as symbols of Christ and the Church. We have to reform our lives with great dedication,” Auxiliary Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath of Ernakulam-Angamaly told some 400 heads of women Religious. The Conference of Religious Women in India (CRWI) is holding triennial plenary from Jan. 8 to 11 in Kochi, Kerala. Bishop Adayanthrath, who opened the meeting, appealed the Religious to inspire the Church by following the life and mission of Christ in their personal and religious life. “We have a great responsibility of keeping the vows of consecrated life and mission,” the prelate said. CRWI president Sister Prasanna Thattil, in her keynote address, appealed to the women Religious to deepen their understanding of the consecrated life to respond to the modern needs and challenges. The nun, who heads the country’s more than 100,000 Catholic women Religious, agreed “fast changes” in community and society were affecting Religious life. “It’s a challenging time. So we should be equipped to meet the challenges of today,” she said. Sister Thattil, who is also the superior general of the Holy Family congregation, said the plenary would seek ways to deepen consecrated life “without compromising the Gospel values in the Indian context.” The plenary would also address the impact of globalization and consumerism on the Religious life and seek ways to make Religious life relevant in the Church and society. Related reports ‘Empowerment of the weak will check patriarchy’ Nun leader calls for political involvement IB12784.1636
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