The head of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) emphasized the importance of maintaining a robust cultural and national identity among Indian church people residing in Rome.
“Within the Latin Church in India, we are blessed with a tapestry of beautiful cultures, languages, ethnicities, and rituals,” said Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão.
The Archbishop of Goa and Daman said as members of this diverse community, “it is paramount that we preserve our sense of identity and connection to our roots in India, even when we are far from home.”
“Let us draw inspiration from the Roman culture and our faith, allowing it to empower and motivate our personal and spiritual growth,” said the prelate.
The cardinal made the statement during a meeting with Indian church workers October 30, 2023, at the Collegio Urbano in the Vatican City.
The gathering was organized by the CCBI unit in Rome. Prior to the meeting, an Eucharistic celebration presided over by Cardinal Filipe was held in the Chapel of the Collegio Urbano.
The meeting commenced with an opening prayer led by Cardinal Anthony Poola, the Archbishop of Hyderabad, and concluded with a closing prayer offered by Bishop Alex Vadakumthala of Kannur.
The gathering brought together more than 300 Indian priests and religious sisters and brothers.
The CCBI Officials were in Rome to attend the XVI General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which concluded on October 29, 2023.