Missionary collaboration among the Latin and Oriental Churches was a result of the second Vatican Council. The 1974 Calcutta Meeting of CBCI done in the light of the Council expounded “Priests, Brothers, Sisters and others from dioceses that are rich in vocation specially in the South should be invited to work in dioceses where there is a dearth of personnel.
Bishops in the North with extensive territories, especially in responsive areas, should invite Bishops, Major Superiors and Religious Institutes of Priests particularly from the South to take up territories on the pattern adopted in the formation of Exarchate.” It was in response to this call of CBCI that the then Archbishop of Agra Most Rev. Dr. Dominic Athaide, OFM Cap. , a great missionary, contacted another great missionary Archbishop of South – Mar Antony Padiyara, our Archbishop - to take up certain areas of the Agra Archdiocese and engage in mission work. In accordance with their desire on 1st May 1975 the pioneer missionaries reached Agra and on 1st June 1975 a contract had been drawn up between the two Archdioceses ...
Cardinal George Alencherry
(Bishop of changanacherry)
Mar Raphel Thattil