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Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council

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Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council

The Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council is a permanent association of the Catholic bishops in Kerala. It is an association of three rites of the Catholic Church - the Latin, the Syro Malabar and the Syro Malankara. The objectives of KCBC are to facilitate, co-ordinate, study and discuss questions affecting the Church, and to adopt a common policy and effective action in all matters concerning the Church in Kerala.

Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) is a permanent association of the Catholic Bishops from three individual Churches namely Syro-Malabar, Latin and Syro-Malankara Churches, in Kerala, India. The Catholic hierarchy in Kerala jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful in Kerala. The purpose of the Council is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences and Councils which are established all over the world for the same purpose.

This Council is the Regional Council for the State of Kerala, constituted under the “Catholic Bishops Conference of India” (C.B.C.I) in accordance with the articles of its statutes to cater for the special needs of the apostolate in the State. This Council shall in no way limit, prejudice or interfere with the distinctive character of the Individual Churches in respect of their liturgy, ecclesiastical discipline and spiritual patrimony, such matters being subject to the competent authority of the particular Church concerned.

The general purpose of the Council is to facilitate for its members the coordinated research, study and discussion of questions of common concern and of a regional and supra-ritual character affecting the Church in Kerala and the prosecution of a common policy and concerted pastoral action. In this way it is intended to witness to Christ more effectively in the service of the people of India in general and those of Kerala in particular.

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