ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY

To reconcile all things in Christ
Escutcheon
Washing of the feet, Letter M, Scales of Justice and Handshake
 
Motto
To Reconcile All Things in Christ
 
Symbolism
Washing of the feet: symbolizes a commitment to service; Letter M: Represents devotion to Mary; Scales of Justice: Church Law– his field of specialization; Handshake: stands for reconciliation and building bridges of communion
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ABOUT THE
ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY
Date of Birth: 24th December 1944

Place of Birth: Mahim, Mumbai 

Parents: Jervis and Aduzinda Gracias

Ordained Priest: 20th December 1970

APPOINTMENTS

1971 to 1976 - Chancellor and Secretary to Bishop Joseph Rodericks, SJ, of Jamshedpur

 

1976 to 1982 - Chancellor, Judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal, and Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of Bombay

 

1982 - Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Bombay

 

1988 - Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Bombay | President of the Canon Law Society of India

 

28th June 1997  - Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay and Titular Bishop of Bladia

 

16th September 1997 - Episcopal Consecration by Archbishop Ivan Dias, with Bishops Ferdinand Fonseca and Bosco Penha serving as co-consecrators.

 

7th September 2000 (to 14th October 2006)  - Archbishop of Agra

 

14th October 2006 - Archbishop of Bombay

 

17th October 2007 - Elevated to the College of Cardinals

 

24th November 2007 – Created Cardinal-Priest of S. Paolo della Croce a "Corviale"

 

May 2008 -  Member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

 

20th February 2008 - Vice President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI)

 

6th July 2010 -  Named Member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

 

His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias was appointed Archbishop of Bombay, by Pope Benedict XVI. A former professor to the seminaries of Bombay, Poona, and Bangalore, Cardinal Oswald Gracias has a doctorate in canon law and a diploma in jurisprudence. He also served prestigious bodies like the FABC, CCBI, and CBCI in the position of Secretary General/President for various terms. Oswald Cardinal Gracias is the President of the Catholic Bishops of India (CBCI) Delhi.

 
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