The youngest of 10 bishops from India at a five-day meeting of Salesian prelates from around the world says he is “inspired and edified” by mingling with outstanding Church leaders.
Bishop George Palliparambil of Miao from Arunachal Pradesh is among 90 Salesian bishops gathered in Turin, Italy, May 21-25 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the consecration of the first Salesian bishop in 1884.
The Salesians of Don Bosco congregation has 119 cardinals, archbishops and bishops, 10 of whom are from India.
“It was wonderful to be interacting with old and retired bishops, with great men like Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa and others,” said the 56-year-old bishop.
The prelates also wrote to Pope Benedict XVI, saying, “Holy Father, please feel us close to you in this difficult hourfor the Church.” They added, “With Your Holiness, we share the concerns of the present moment.”