The Church in India has taken the initiative to promote the teachings of the Papal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia at the grass root level. As a first step, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) and the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) released the Hindi translation of Amoris Laetitia. Its first copy was handed over to Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi.
The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia was widely discussed in India at the national, regional and diocesan levels. The Family Commission of the Conference of the CCBI takes special interest to popularise the teachings of the Exhortation. The CCBI is committed to strengthening family life, despite the many challenges it faces. The Hindi translation of the Papal document will help the north Indian faithful, whose mother tongue is Hindi, to understand in a better way the latest teachings of the Church.
The document, Amoris Laetitia is the fruit of the two synod of bishops on family in 2014 and 2015. The forthcoming FABC XI Plenary Assembly from 28th November to 4th December 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka would discuss the theme “The Catholic Family: Domestic Church of the Poor and Mission of Mercy.”. The next Plenary Assembly of the CCBI, which is scheduled to take place from 31st January to 8th February 2017 in Bhopal will also deliberate on the theme “The Joy of Love in the Family: Amoris Laetitia and its Implications for India”. Through these Episcopal Assemblies the Church in India is planning a renewal in the family ministry at the diocesan, regional and national levels said a press statement.
The Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Latin Church in India (CCBI) is the Canonical National Episcopal Conference. It is the largest Bishops Conference in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. There are 132 dioceses and 181 bishops in the Latin Church in India.