18 December 2017, Monday

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (C.B.C.I.) is the permanent association of the Catholic Bishops of India. It was formally constituted in September 1944 at the Conference of Metropolitans held in Madras. Its objectives are to facilitate coordinated study and discussion of questions affecting the Church, and adoption of a common policy and effective action in all matters concerning the interests of the Church in India.

History :
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the permanent association of the Catholic Hierarchy of India was constituted at the Metropolitans’ Conference held in Madras in September, 1944. Right from the establishment of the CBCI, the CBCI Secretariat was functioning in Bangalore until 1962 when it was shifted to New Delhi.

Vision/Purpose :
Its purpose is to facilitate common action of the Hierarchy in matters that affect or are liable to affect the common interests of the Catholic Church in India. Through it the Bishops of India, conscious of their unity and solidarity in the episcopate, “jointly exercise their pastoral office by way of promoting that greater good which the Church offers to humankind, especially through forms and programmes of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the age” (C.D., 38.1).

Add : CBCI Centre 1, Ashok Place, Near Gole Dakkhana, New Delhi – 110 001, India.
Tel (O) : (011) 23344470, 23362956, 23344695
Fax (O) : (011) 23364615 (CBCI)
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The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC), the Regional Bishops’ Council for the State of Kerala, is constituted under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) to cater the special needs of the apostolate in the State. It is to be understood as an assembly in which all the Catholic Bishops of Kerala, “conscious of their unity and solidarity, received by virtue of the Episcopal consecration” (CD 3), “jointly exercise their pastoral office in order to promote that good which the Church offers all mankind” (CD 38), “and thus foster unity of action and strive together to meet their common tasks” (OE 4), on questions of common concern to the Episcopal Bodies of three Churches sui iuris of Kerala, and of a state-wide and supra-ritual character and importance, questions involving the Catholic Church and other bodies, and any other matter which the three Episcopal Bodies desire the Council to deal with (cfr. Statutes of KCBC, Art. 2)

The decisions and resolutions of the Council are recommendatory in nature, the competence of each diocesan and eparchial bishop remaining intact, except in cases where legislative power is given to it by the Apostolic See. The Council is a juridical person recognized both by the civil and the Canon Laws and therefore has all the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities and competencies accorded to such juridical entities in civil law and Church law. The registered office and the Secretariat of the Council are headquartered in the Pastoral Orientation Centre (POC), Palarivattom, Kochi 682 025. Tel. 0484-2805722, 2805815. As the central secretariat of the KCBC, the POC is in constant interaction with the society facilitating social justice, communal harmony and peace and fighting for the interest of the poor and protecting environment.

His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, Most Rev. Dr. Mar Joseph Perumthottam and Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kariyil are the President, Vice-president and Secretary General respectively of the Council. Rev. Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt functions as the Deputy Secretary General KCBC and Director of the POC.

Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Council
Pastoral Orientation Centre
P.B. No. 2251, Palarivattom,Kochi – 682 025, Kerala, India
Telephone :+91 484 – 2805722, 2805815
Fax : +91 484 – 2806214
Email : [email protected]

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