Church people discuss ways for better catechetics

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The National Catechetical Directory, released on February 3, during CCBI’s 27th Plenary Assembly in Bangalore, is considered an achievement for the Church in India.

Chennai (UCAN): Church people involved catechetics began a three-day seminar in Chennai on Tuesday to discuss how best to implement a recently published National Catechetical Directory at the ‎national, regional and diocesan levels.
Some 98 delegates including bishops, priests, ‎religious and lay faithful, from all over India are participating in the September 22-24 seminar at the Salesian ‎Provincial House in Chennai organized by the by the Commission for ‎Catechetics of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI).
The National Catechetical Directory, released on February 3, during CCBI’s 27th Plenary Assembly in Bangalore, is considered an achievement for the Church in India.
“Let us accept and own ‎wholeheartedly the comprehensive, wide opened, contextualized Directory to bring the ‎message of salvation in every corner of our living,” said Bishop Vincent Barwa of Simdega, a member of ‎the Commission for Catechetics, while opening the seminar.
Bishop Antony Devotta of Trichy, former chairman of the Commission ‎CCBI Commission for Catechetics, called upon the participants to “look ‎at the directory as an opportunity to rededicate themselves and the catechists to the ‎catechetical ministry and to create in all the faithful a renewed passion for catechesis.”‎
Commission member Bishop James Thoppil of Kohima said the directory contains norms, principles, directives and guidelines for effective and orderly catechesis and it was was a useful text for orienting ‎faith formation in the Indian context. ‎
The seminar is scheduled to study all six parts of the directory will be studied ‎extensively.
Indian Catholic Church is a communion of three ritual Churches: the Latin, the Syro-Malabar and the ‎Syro-Malankara, which together make up the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of ‎the Church in the country.
Source: Vatican Radio

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