She is the first woman professor of New Testament at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth,
a Pontifical university in Pune.
By ucanindia.in reporter, Pune Pune:
Sister Rekha M. Chennattu
Pope Benedict XVI has invited an Indian Catholic nun to participate in the next month’s Bishops Synod in Rome.
“The Holy Father has appointed me as one of the auditors for the Synod," Sister Rekha M. Chennattu, the provincial superior of the Religious of the Assumption of the Indian province, told ucanindia.in today.
The 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled for October 7-28 will address the theme "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith."
“I consider it a special grace and responsibility to participate in the discussions, highlighting the Indian perspectives as an Indian religious woman and a biblical scholar and theologian,” the nun said.
She is the first woman professor of New Testament at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, a Pontifical university in Pune.
The nun said she would seek clarity on understanding and implementing the idea of new evangelization in the Catholic Church in India amidst its multi-faith and multi-cultural context.
She said those participating at the synod as audi�tors are given an opportu�nity to ex�press their opinion in the small language groups or in the auditiones during the plenary sessions.
“During the days of general discussion, provision is made–depending on the time available–for auditiones, that is, opportunities for those who are auditors and fraternal delegates to speak on a subject di�rectly related to the topic of the synod,” Sister Chennattu said.
The nun, who is a member of the Indian Women Theologians Forum and Indian Biblical Scholars, said in the context of secularization which ignores the presence of God and the sacredness of the cosmos, the real challenge is to find creative ways to preserve the dynamic and rich heritage of Christian faith to enhance life and inspire hope for future generations.
The other Indians invited for the synod by the Vatican include Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal George Alencheery, Archbishop A. Malayappan Chinnappa of Madras, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa, Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt of Palai, Bishop Stanley Roman of Quilon.
Pope Paul VI established the Synod of Bishops on September 15, 1965 in response to the desire of the participants of the Second Vatican Council to foster the spirit of collegiality they experienced at the council.