Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Rochelle Rodricks
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), said that the “Mission Congress is a celebration of the history of 2000 years of the Church in India” as well as “a call to renew our journey of faith.”

His Grace, Bishop Bosco Penha released the theme song of the Indian Mission Congress during the feast Mass at the Basilica of Mount Mary, Bandra on Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

The theme song ‘Let your light shine’ will be sung during the Prabhu Yesu Mahotsav that will be held at the St. Pius X College, Goregaon from October 14 to 18, 2009.

Later, Bishop Bosco inaugurated the website http:// The website publishes news, pictures and loads of information related to the Indian Mission Congress.

Pope John Paul II conceived the mission congress as an opportunity to review our commitment to the mission at all levels. The general purpose is to deepen one’s faith, to acknowledge one’s right and duty towards the mission work and to create awareness of mission needs, providing opportunity to give public witness of Christian faith to experience the common bond of faith and Catholicity of the Church and to proclaim Christ to the world. The Indian Mission Congress brings together the three Episcopal bodies – Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara. The expected fruits of the Indian Mission Congress would bring a greater awareness on the part of every Catholic’s responsibility towards evangelization thereby providing an impetus to mission work in India and a fresh stimulus to our mission efforts.

Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb has been appointed as the Media Convener for the Indian Mission Congress.

For any queries regarding the Indian Mission Congress, please contact Fr. Vijay Shantiraj, Executive Secretary, Proclamation Commission, CCBI. email: mobile nos.09449833223; and for any media related support and publicity information, please contact Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb, email: or 022-65723226.

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