Communio is an initiative of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) since 2018, to assist, support, and sustain all our Dioceses and Religious Congregations working in rural and mission areas in their pastoral ministry. We assure building Catholic communities by transforming interdependence to solidarity.
We encourage every Catholic to pray for missions and our missionaries. We facilitate the formation of Missionary Disciples, who live the joy of the Gospel.
Hearts in Prayer, Minds in Mission, and Hands in Solidarity.
To enkindle the Catholic Church in India with zeal for faith formation and proclamation, that being empowered in self-sufficiency and self-reliance, the Catholic faithful will collaborate for creative synergy in the peripheries of mission.
The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), established in 1988, after the launch of the National Pastoral Plan in 2013, conceived the idea at different stages, and ‘Communio’ saw its light in 2017, at the XXIX Plenary Assembly held in Bhopal.
The celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (8 Dec 2015 to 20 Nov 2016) announced by our Holy Father Pope Francis, and the canonisation Mother Teresa of Kolkata, a model of mercy and compassion, propelled the launch.
This historical decision to begin ‘Communio’ to help poor dioceses and religious congregations working in the missions was taken when the Executive Committee members of the CCBI gathered at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, on 20 September 2016.
The first Communio Sunday was observed at the national level on 2 December 2018, the First Sunday of Advent. ‘Communio’was registered as a legal entity in 2021.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão
2017 – till date
Rev. Dr. Stephen Alathara
2017 – till date
Vice President, CCBI
Secretary General, CCBI
Deputy Secretary General, CCBI
Associate Director, Communio
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