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In India, 15,000 Evangelists

M.L. Thomas, Regional Director for India; Thomas Varghese, Executive Director, India; Bishop Joseph Kunnath, CMI; and Msgr. John Kozar, President, CNEWA. (Photo: Deacon Greg Kandra)

Bishop Joseph Kunnath from Adilabad, India, dropped by the offices of CNEWA in New York Thursday afternoon. He was returning from a mission appeal to Lansing, Michigan, and stopped by to meet Msgr. John Kozar, CNEWA’s new president, and M.L. Thomas, the regional director for India.

Bishop Joseph was eager to share news of some remarkable developments in his homeland: the 15,000 new Catholics who live in his diocese, he said, have all made a commitment to become evangelists. “They will come with us to each new village,” he said, explaining that they will be venturing into a region of southern India that is not Christian.

Msgr. Kozar added, “When he says ‘new village,’ he means NEW. These towns were built from nothing.”

When asked what was attracting people to the faith, the bishop replied simply, “It is the Spirit.”

He explained: “They see us praying and they want to join us.” Bishop Joseph added that the people don’t ask for anything except faith.

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