Mumbai: The Catholic
Secular Forum (CSF) Sunday hailed the appointment of Mumbai's
Cardinal Oswald Gracias by Pope Francis as one of his advisors in
Cardinal Gracias, 68, was among the eight high-ranking advisory
appointed Saturday by the new Pope to an advisory council to look
into ways of reforming the Vatican bureaucracy.
CSF, a Mumbai-based Catholic NGO, said: "There could be no better
person than Cardinal Oswald... he currently also heads the
Federation of Asian Bishops Conference and hence speaks not just
for the Indian sub-continent but also other countries in the
region," CSF general secretary Joseph Dias said.
"Cardinal Oswald's qualifications and experience will stand him in
good stead. It is also indicative of the priorities of the new
Pope Francis, who is determined to set his house right, in the
midst of many controversies and challenges," he added.
"We hope the Vatican will be more transparent, not just in Rome,
but also top down to the Nunciatures (diplomatic corps), dioceses
and parishes. The appointment also signals that India has come of
age and is being noticed for its service to the global church,"
Cardinal Gracias is a Goan Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
He is the archbishop of Bombay (Mumbai) and was appointed by Pope
Benedict XVI Oct 14, 2006. He was made a cardinal in 2007.
In 2010, he was elected as the president of the Catholic Bishops'
Conference of India.