Religious urged to strive to be radical disciples

An advocacy group for Catholic clerics in India has urged their congregational and national association leaders to implement Catholic social teachings that emphasize involvement in the lives of the poor, marginalized, exploited and of the vulnerable.

October 07, 2022

Participants in the Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace at the Montfort Social Institute, Hyderabad.


By Jose Kavi
An advocacy group for Catholic clerics in India has urged their congregational and national association leaders to implement Catholic social teachings that emphasize involvement in the lives of the poor, marginalized, exploited and of the vulnerable.

“This will enable us to respond effectively and prophetically to the signs of the times for a more just and peaceful society,” read a statement from the national convention of the Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace.

The 17th convention addressed the theme “Deepening Our Identity as Religious: Responding to the Signs of the Times”.

Over 60 men and religious from 16 Indian states representing 20 congregations participated in the conference which was held at the Montfort Social Institute, Hyderabad, capital of the state of Telangana.

The participants urged their leaders to ensure the integration and implementation of all the documents of the General and Provincial Chapters and Catholic social teachings, “which emphasize our accompaniment and our involvement in the life of the poor and the marginalized, excluded, exploited and vulnerable”.

They called for curricula on the Constitution of India and social analysis with the necessary exposure to the realities of the poor, at all stages of formation.

They also want leaders of Catholic religious congregations in India to take “an unequivocal, visible and vocal stance and stand with the victims of abuse, both within the Church and in society at large.” –India issues

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