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CRI set to begin golden jubilee celebrations

Nov. 7, 2013

Some 500 religious from across the country are expected to take part in the the golden jubilee celebrations of the Conference of Religious India (CRI) that are all set to begin from today in Guwahati, Assam. The three-day program will be held at the Don Bosco Campus on Nov. 7 and 9 and Don Bosco Institute on Nov. 8. The main objective of the celebrations is to learn from the past and envision the future. During these days, the major superiors will also reflect together on the meaning and priorities of religious life, the challenges it faces today, research findings on our situation and the role of women in Church leadership.

Leading orators and intellectuals including Archbishop (emeritus) Thomas Menamparampil and Sr. Sujita, Fr. Joseph Parathazham and Fr. V.M. Thomas will give inspirational talks during the various sessions. One of the highlights of the celebrations is a session by social activist Swami Agniwesh on the theme of “taking a stand, making a difference.” There will also be a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration presided over Archbishop Salvatore Pennachio, the Apostolic Nuncio to India.Books highlighting the social services of the Catholic Church will be released on the occasion. All over India , the members of the CRI selflessly serve the society in general, and the poor, marginalized, destitute, differently-abled persons and children in particular. The CRI was founded in 1963 with the approval of its statutes by the Pope. This network of over 115,000 leaders of the Catholic Church is the biggest Conference of Religious in the world and a powerful body working for social transformation benefitting especially the down-trodden.

The variety of its services ranging from education and health care to community-based and rights-based developmental interventions embrace all sections of the population.

Source: UCAN

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