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The Catholic Church in India and Synodality

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2019 ICRN Conference

Please join us for our sixth gathering of the International Church Reform Network on January 28 & 29, 2022. Although we will not be able to meet in person as we did in Bregenz, Limerick, Chicago, Bratislava, and Warsaw because of the pandemic, we will “meet” our friends and colleagues in India to learn about the Catholic Church there.

Each day we will begin at:

  • NewYork 6am 
  • Brasil 8am 
  • London 11am 
  • CentralEurope 12noon 
  • India 4.30pm 
  • Sydney 10pm

Each day’s session will last approximately 3 hours.


Agenda January 28, 2022 (Day one)

-Short Introduction: Virginia Saldanha

1. Dr. Andy Sequeira (Rainbow Catholics India): Gender and sexual minorities experience in Church and society 

2. Sr. Manju Kulapuram: Interfaith experiences

3. Dr. Kochurani Abraham: Ritual Politics in the Church in India

-Q & A:  30 mins

-Break: 10 mins

4. Dr. Astrid Lobo-Gajiwala: Interfaith marriage – the Challenge of Interfaith Families.

5. Sr. Clare Therese: Caste discrimination in the Church

6. Anita Cheria: The impact of religious fundamentalism on the politics and social fabric of our country, especially on minority religious groups, feeding into the growing Islamophobia in the world.

-Q & A:  30 mins.

Agenda for January 29th (Day two)

-Speakers from various countries and regions share plans and processes for synodality. (90 minutes)

  • Nontando Hadebe: South Africa
  • Fr. Joseph Healy:  Africa
  • Ellie Hidalgo:  Amazon
  • Virginia Saldanha:  India
  • Other speakers from regions of UK, Europe, South America, U.S. 

-Small group discussions (by language groups):  (30 minutes)

-Large group feedback:  ICRN and the Synodal Process (30 minutes)

-Final announcements and ICRN plans:  Martha Heizer –  (15 minutes)

-Closing and final comments 


We look forward to being with all of you!

ICRN Steering Committee
Rasto Kocan, Virginia Saldanha, Martha Heizer, Colm Holmes, Max Stetter, Deborah Rose

If you have questions please email

The conference is free but registration is needed:
Please register here:
Link for the ZOOM conference will be sent (only) to registered participants few days before the conference

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