🔆 *Cardinal Oswald Gracias* was elected as the *Head of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India* 🇮🇳 at the meeting at Bengaluru today. 🙌
🔅 Bengaluru: Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay and one of the advisors of Pope Francis, was on 08 February 2018 elected as the President of the Catholic Bishops in India. 🇮🇳
The 73-year-old Latin prelate replaces Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis, head of the Syro-Malankara Church who led the country’s 20 million Catholics since 2014.
With the election, Cardinal Gracias created history as the first Church leader to head the Church in Asia as well and in India. Cardinal Gracias is the president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences and Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, 🇮🇳 the Episcopal body of the Latin rite prelates in the country.
The election was held during the 33rd Biennial Plenary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India 🇮🇳 (CBCI) that is now underway at St. John’s National Academy for Medical Sciences in Bengaluru, capital of Karnataka state.
Cardinal Gracias assumes leadership of the Catholic Church in India 🇮🇳 at a crucial time in India’s history. The country is scheduled to elect a New National 🇮🇳Government in the first half of 2019. Media reports indicate a move to hold the elections end of this year.
The Church in India 🇮🇳 has witnessed attacks on its personnel and institutions in several parts of the country in the past few years. Radical groups have opposed its charitable activities among the poor, especially Dalit and Tribal communities.
Cardinal Gracias had headed the Indian ⛪ for four years from 2010.
He is one of the eight Cardinal’s Pope Francis chose on 13th April 2013, to advise him on the management of the Universal Church 💒 and reformation of the Vatican Curia.
Pope Benedict XVI made him a Cardinal in 2007, a year after he was appointed the Archbishop of Bombay. 💐💐💐