Holy Father Pope Francis has chosen 13 Indians to attend the Synod of Bishops on Youth in October together with other Catholic leaders from around the world. His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, president of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), will lead the Indian delegation composed of three cardinals, two archbishops, four bishops, two priests and two youth. The synod will meet at the Vatican on October 3 to 28 to discuss “young people, faith and vocational discernment.”
The Syro-Malabar Bishops’ Synod is represented by Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pandarasseril of Kottayam, president of the Youth Commission, and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pamplany of Tellicherry. His Eminence Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum -Malankaras, will represent the Synod for the Syro-Malankara Church.
The Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) for the Latin Church will include Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras and Mylapore, (Tamil Nadu), Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril of Vijayapuram (Kerala), Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary (Karnataka) and Archbishop John Barwa, of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar (Odisha). The two youth representatives are Percival Holt, national president of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement under CCBI, and Cherylanne Menezes from Focolare Movement in Mumbai, India. Other participants are Father Thomas Kallikat, Chancellor and Judicial Vicar from the diocese of Belthangady, Karnataka and Father Joseph Kochappillil. Both will serve as the assistants.