April 05, 2017
NEWS 2017 - The Conference of Religious, India (CRI)—the Conference of Major superiors of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life operating in India—came into existence in 1961. It was formally erected by the Holy See in 1963, following the precept of the Code of Canon Law, which states that, “Only the Holy See can establish them or give them juridical personality. They remain under the ultimate direction of the Holy See” (VIII.709). The CRI Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 2013.
The church encourages this type of fraternal support: “Major Superiors can be associated usefully in conferences or councils so that by common efforts they work to achieve more fully the purpose of the individual institutes, always without prejudice to their autonomy, character, and proper spirit, or to transact common affairs, or to establish appropriate coordination and cooperation with the conferences of bishops and also with individual bishops.” (Code of Canon Law, 708)