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Cardinal Gracias re-elected to head Latin rite Indian bishops

His re-election was the unanimous decision of more than 130 bishops

Cardinal Gracias re-elected to head Latin rite Indian bishops

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay has been reelected by bishops attending the 29th plenary of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India. (ucanews.com photo)

February 7, 2017

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay was re-elected Feb. 6 to head the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), the forum of Latin rite bishops in India.

Cardinal Gracias will now lead the CCBI for a further term of two years.

The re-election of Cardinal Gracias was the unanimous decision of more than 130 bishops attending the 29th plenary of the Latin rite bishops in Bhopal, said a press note.

Cardinal Gracias is also among nine cardinals Pope Francis handpicked from across the globe to help him in his work to reshape Vatican curiae and the administration of the Catholic Church.

However, other top CCBI officials, vice president Archbishop Philipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and secretary general Bishop Varghese Chakkalakal of Calicut were replaced.

Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras-Mylapore is the new vice president and Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto of Delhi is the new secretary general.

The Indian prelates' eight-day plenary is scheduled to conclude on Feb. 8. They are deliberating on a way to revitalize Catholic families after church studies suggested that Catholic families are drifting away from vital Catholic teachings such as those on family planning, the press note said.

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