CBCI Office for Health Care was established in 1989 by the Catholic Bishops' Conference
of India to function as the coordinating body of all the health related organisations
of the Church in India. This Office is the forum for discussing various vital issues
of national importance related to health and for planning common action. The office
is to inspire and guide all the health related organizations according to the spirit
of the Catholic teaching, practice and tradition (Report of the CBCI General Body
Meeting, Pune, 1992.)
Having received the mandate from Jesus Christ, the Divine Healer, to ensure life
in its fullness, and inspired by his compassionate love, the Catholic Church in
India envisages a healthy society where people, especially the poor and marginalised,
attain and maintain holistic well-being and live in harmony with the Creator, with
self, with one another and with the environment.
The Health Policy of the Catholic Church in India is guided by the teachings of
the Gospel, the Magisterium of the Church and the Charter for Healthcare Workers.
The principles that guide the involvement of the Church in health and health care
are as follows: