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Cardinal Toppo Re-elected by Bishops’ Conference

BANGALORE, India, FEB. 14, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi was re-elected to a two-year term as president of the Catholic bishops’ conference of India.

The archbishop of Ranchi was re-elected Monday during the bishops’ General Body Meeting under way in Bangalore.

Cardinal Toppo, 66, is the country’s first “adivasi,” or tribal, cardinal. Pope John Paul II made him a cardinal in 2003.

The bishops’ conference is the organization that represents the three ritual traditions of the Catholic Church in India. It has 205 members of the Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankaran and Latin rites.

The 27th General Body Meeting, being held through Wednesday, is focusing on the topic “Catholic Education and the Church’s Concern for the Marginalized.” More than 150 prelates are attending the meeting in St. Peter’s Seminary.

Bishop Gracian Mundadan of Bijnor, a prelate of the Syro-Malabar tradition, was elected first vice president of the conference.

Bishop Isaac Mar Cleemis Thottunkal of Tiruvalla was elected second vice president.

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