Strengthen and foster the relations among the three sui juris Churches as communion;
be a coordinating body for common programmes of inter-ritual and supra-ritual character
involving the three Episcopal Bodies at the National level;
Promote advocacy on national issues; make representation to Government, liaising
with the Central Government and Ministries/Departments of the Centre; influence
government policies for nation building and development of peoples.
Network with other Christian Churches (v.gr. NCCI), organizations (v.gr. NUCF),
associations of civil society and people of other religions and all people of good
will to work for peace and harmony, for probity in public life, for promotion of
human rights and Gospel values.
General Body :
General Body is composed of all diocesan eparchial Bishops in India and those considered
equal to them by law, as well as co-adjutor and auxiliary Bishops, and other titular
Bishops performing a special work in India entrusted to them by the Apostolic See
or by the Conference shall be Ordinary members of the Conference.
Retired Bishops and other titular Bishops, not ordinary members of the Conference,
and residing in India, shall be Honorary members of the Conference.
Ordinary General Body Meetings of the Conference are held every two years, while
Extraordinary General Body Meetings are held according to need. At the General Body
Meeting the Conference reviews the situation and assesses the progress of the Church
in India, and, in the light of its own purposes, decides on plans that may be necessary,
and action that may be called for.
At such Meetings the Reports of various Offices, National Centres and Regional Councils
are submitted. While the Report of the Secretary General is published along with
the Report of the General Body Meeting of the CBCI, the Biennial Reports of the
CBCI Offices, National Centres and Regional Bishops’ Councils are printed separately
just before the Meeting.
The Office-Bearers of the Conference (President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General);
The Presidents of the three Ritual Episcopal Bodies;
The Metropolitans (Archbishops of Agra, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bombay, Calcutta, Changanacherry,
Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, Delhi, Ernakulam-Angamaly, Gandhinagar, Goa and Daman, Guwahati,
Hyderabad, Imphal, Kottayam, Madras-Mylapore, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Pondicherry-Cuddalore,
Raipur, Ranchi, Shillong, Tellicherry, Tiruvalla, Trichur, Trivandrum [Syro-Malankara
Rite], Trivandrum [Latin Rite], Verapoly and Visakhapatnam);
The Bishops-in-Charge of CBCI Offices, Councils and Chairmen of National Centres;
Co-opted members by the President of the Conference up to a maximum of four so that
representation of the Orientals is about one fourth of the total membership of the
Office for Doctrine
Office for Clergy and Religious
Office for Dialogue and Desk for Ecumenism
Office for Education and Culture
Office for Health Care
Office for Justice, Peace and Development and Desk for Prison Ministry India
Office for Labour
Office for Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes and Committee for Tribal Affairs
Office for Social Communications
Council for Laity
Council for Women
Council for Youth
National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC)
National Vocation Service Centre (NVSC)
St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences
National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT)
CBCI Society for Medical Education, North India.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is the one Conference for all the Bishops
in India. It can be called a Federation of three Ritual Conferences of Sui Juris
Churchs: Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara.
Latin Dioceses: 131
Syro-Malabar Dioceses: 29
Syro-Malankara Dioceses: 8
Total number of Bishops: 241
Diocesan Bishops: 164
Diocesan Administrators: 4
Auxiliary Bishops: 11
Apostolic Visitator: 1
Curia Bishop: 1
CBCI Offices and Councils:
Offices: Doctrine, Clergy and Religious, Ecumenism & Dialogue, Justice, Peace and Development, Education and Culture, Health Care, Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Labour, Social Communications, Committee for Tribal Affairs and Desk for Prison Ministry.
Councils: Laity, Women, Youth
Each of these Offices and Councils has a Bishop Chairman and 2 Member Bishops.
CBCI Core Team:
At present 4 members are in the Team. Their role and function are basically one
of helping the CBCI Office-Bearers, the three Ritual Churches and the Regional Bishops’
Councils, coordinating and animating the works of different Offices of CBCI and
CARITAS India, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, National Biblical,
Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), National Vocation Service Centre (NVSC),
National Institute of Social Communications, Research and Training (NISCORT), CBCI
Society for Medical Education for North India.
Each of these six National Centres has its own Governing Board and General Body.
The Governing Body consists of mainly the Bishops. These Centres are administered
by a Director, Assistant Directors, Administrators, etc. CARITAS India, the social
wing of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, has its Central Office in the
CBCI Centre, whereas the Central Offices of the other five are with the National
Centres in Bangalore, Pune, Ranchi and Ghaziabad (U.P.).
The Secretary General, assisted by the Deputy Secretary General, coordinates the
activities and functions of the various CBCI Offices, Councils and National Centres.
The Secretary General, assisted by the Deputy Secretary General, organizes the Standing
Committee Meetings and the General Body Meetings of the CBCI. The Standing Committee
holds its Meetings twice a year; one in April and the other in September. The Plenary
Assembly, called the General Body of the CBCI is convened once in two years.