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To reconcile all things in Christ
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Washing of the feet, Letter M, Scales of Justice and Handshake
To Reconcile All Things in Christ
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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Date of Birth: 24th December 1944

Place of Birth: Mahim, Mumbai 

Parents: Jervis and Aduzinda Gracias

Ordained Priest: 20th December 1970


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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