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The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) is a voluntary association of episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, established with the approval of the Holy See. Its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good.






First FABC Climate Change Regional Seminar

The FABC Climate Change Desk will organize their first regional seminar for South Asia on March 3-4, 2015. This seminar will be held in Mumbai, India and will discuss the contextualization of the second FABC Climate Change seminar to South Asia. This seminar is open for presidents and bishops chairpersons of the episcopal commission for Justice and Peace/Development of the different bishops conferences in South Asia. Other persons involved in the mitigation and adaptation of climate change measures in South Asia are also invited. 140115



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New Asian Cardinals

The Holy Father has announced last January 04, 2015 the election of 15 new cardinals including the three Asian Archbishops Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Ha Noi, Vietnam; Charles Maung Bo, sdb of Yangon, Myanmar and Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, Thailand. The three elected Cardinals will be elevated to the Office by Pope Francis on February 15, 2015 and will join the consistory. We congratulate and pray for them. 050115

19th Annual FABC-OSC Bishop' Meet Final Statement Now Available

The Final Statement of the 19th annual FABC-Office of Social Communication Bishops' Meet is now available. Bishops' Meet is the annual gathering of bishop-chairmen and secretaries responsible for social communication in FABC-member bishops' conferences. This year's gathering was held at Macau's Diocesan Pastoral Center in Coloane. The theme was "Message of 10th Plenary Assembly - Spirituality of New Evagelization: The Communication Dimension." 031214


Fifth Bishops' Institute of Theological Animation (BITA V) Announced

The FABC-Office of Theological Concerns (FAB-OTC) will organize the Fifth Bishops' Institute of Theological Animation (BITA V) from May 5-7, 2014 in Baan Phu Wan Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Samphran, Bangkok, Thailand. The Fifth BITA will explore the theme "Give Me a Drink (John 4:7): The Challenges of New Evangelization and Some Creative Pastoral Responses." This conference is open to all bishops of Asia. 031214

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Fifth Asian Conference of Theology Students (ACTS V) Final Statement Now Available

The Final Statement of the the Fifith Asia Conference of Theology Students (ACTS V) held at Bangkok Christian House, Bangkok, Thailand from October 27-31, 2014 is now available online. This Fifth ACTS was jointly organized by FABC Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the Chritian Conference of Asia (CCA) which focus on the document "Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct." 031114

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Final Statement - BILA II on Small Christian Communities’ Now Available

The Final Statement of the second Bishops’ Institute on Lay Apostolate on Small Christian Communities is now available. This BILA was organized by the AsIPA desk of the FABC-Office of Laity and Family which was held in the Camilian Pastoral Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand from September 25-30, 2014. The second BILA on Small Christian Communities explored the theme “SCCs Leading to New Evangelization.”301014

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The FABC-Office of Laity and Family will organize a BILA (Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate) X on Laity from February 2-7, 2014. This BILA will explore the theme on "The Role and Mission of Laity in the 21st Century" and will be held at the Pastoral Center of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 141014

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The third edition of “Church and Social Communication, Basic Documents” was published on September 9, 2014. The 640-page book contains all basic communication documents of the Church from 1936 to 2014, edited and introduced with appropriate historical background by Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd. The publication contains full texts of 17 Vatican documents, 47 World Communication Day Papal messages, as well as communication sections of 19 other documents including 4 which have been published by local churches. Fr. Eilers was executive secretary of the FABC-Office of Social Communication from 1995 to 2010. Currently, he is director of the Bangkok-based “Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication” (ARC) and program director of “St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center” (JFCC) in Manila. In 2001, he founded the “Master’s in Theology major in Social/ Pastoral Communication” (MAT-SPC) at the 400-year old Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. To-date, the program has graduated more than 35 priests, religious and lay people from countries like Bangladesh, Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Philippines. 031014




The theme for 2015 World Communication Day Message is “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.”  The topic was chosen to fit “into the context of the central theme of the next two synods on the family”(Vatican News). The 2015 WCD message is the 7th of this theme in the history of the World Communication Day Messages.  According to Eilers (Church and Social Communication Basic Documents, 2014) the family plays a special role in being at least six times subject of respective messages (1969, 1979,1989,1991,1994,2004). The theme on WCD message is traditionally announced on September 29 on the occasion of the feast day of Archangel, the patron saint of the communicators. 011014



The 6th Asian Youth Day (AYD) opens today, August 13, in Daejeon, South Korea with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at Solomoe Shrine, the birthplace of the first Korean priest and martyr, St. Andrew Kim Daegon. The theme of the week-long festive coming together of Asian Catholic youth is "Asian Youth Wake Up! The Glory of the Martyrs Shines on You." It coincides with the historic visit of the Holy Father Pope Francis from August 14-18. For updates on AYD 2014 program and activities, the Diocese of Daejeon has setup the website accessible in English and Korean. 130814


Final Statement on the Second FABC Climate Change Seminar Now Available Online


The Final Statement of the Second FABC Climate Change Seminar is now available online. The seminar was held at the Assumption University Suvarnabhumi Campus, Bangkok, Thailand last October 23-24, 2014 with the theme "Climate Change, Asian Impacts and response." 090714

FABC-Office of Laity and Family Newsletter Now Available Online


The Second Quater Newsletter of FABC-Office of Laity and Family is now available online. 250614


AYD (Asian Youth Day 2014) in Daejon, South Korea


The 6th Asian Youth Day (AYD) will be held in Daejon, South Korea from August 13-17, 2014 with the theme: "Asian Youth! Wake Up! The Glory of the Martyrs Shines on You." The Youth Desk of FABC-Office of Laity and Family is in the thick of their preparations for the same event which will be attended by Pope Francis. 250614


FABC-Office of Laity & Family's "Redesigned" Newsletter for 2014 Now Available Online


The Redesigned Newsletter of FABC Office of Laity and Family is now available online. The newsletter gives news and updates of the different activities of the Women and Family, AsIPA, and Youth desks of the FABC Laity office. 100314


Second Bishops Institute on Lay Apostolate (BILA II) on Small Christian Communities


The AsIPA Desk of the Office of Laity and Family of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences will organize their Second Bishops’ Institute on Lay Apostolate  (BILA II) on Small Christian Communities from September 25-30, 2014.  The theme for this BILA II is "SCCs Leading to New Evagelization". It aims at deepening our understanding of SCCs and renewing a way of building up SCCs in our context based on Evangelii Gaudium. The Camillian Pastoral Care Center in Bangkok, Thailand will be the venue. This event is organized with cooperation of Thailand's BEC National Team. 100314


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FABC Paper No. 138 On 10th Plenary Assembly Now Online


The FABC Paper no. 138 which features the final document of the 10th FABC Plenary Assembly (Vietnam 2012) is now online. The same paper also features the Final Message of the plenary. 191213



Symposium on "Consecrated Life at the Service of New Evangelization"


The FABC-Office of Consecrated Life (OCL) will organize a symposuim on "Consecrated Life at the Service of New Evangelization" from July 20-24, 2014. The exact venue in Thailand will be announced a later date. 181213


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AMCU VI held at Bangkok


The FABC-Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (FABC-OEIA) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) have jointly organized the sixth Asian Movement for Christian Unity (AMCU VI) in Bangkok, Thailand from December 3-5, 2013.  The theme of the gathering was “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct.” Some representatives from the Asian Evangelical Alliance (AEA) and World Council of Churches (WCC) were also present. 091213


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OHD Interim Executive Secretary Appointed


The FABC Central Committee has appointed on October 22, 2013 Fr. Bonnie Mendez as the Interim Executive Secretary of FABC Office of Human development. Father Mendez is based in Faisalabad, Pakistan, has served as executive secretary of the same office from 1980-83. 051113

Former FABC-OESC Executive Secretary Passes On


Fr. Vicente Cajilig, OP the former executive secretary of FABC-Office of Education and Student Chaplaincy (OESC) for 19 years (1990-2009) passed away unexpectedly last August 05, 2013. The office was renamed Office of Education and Faith Formation (OEFF) together with the creation a new FABC Office for Clergy. May he rest in peace. 070813


Renewed Biblical Apostolate for New Evangelization


The FABC Office of Evangelization will organize the Fourth Bishop's Institute for Biblical Apostolate (BIBA IV) on the theme "Crossing the Borders: Renewed Biblical Apostolate for New Evangelization." The gathering will be held from December 5-7, 2013 in the Camillian Pastoral Center, Bangkok, Thailand. 250713

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50 Years of Inter Mirifica: Asian Communication Challenges


The 18th annual gathering of Asian communication bishops will consider Inter Mirifica and its relation to the Church in Asia. This year's communication gathering will be held in Phonm Penh, Cambodia from November 11-16.020713



Final Statement on the Formation of Well-Developed Priests for the Continent of Asia


The Office of Clergy organized an internal seminar for bishops and formators on the theme “Formation of Positive, Integral, and Humanly Well-Developed Priests for the continent of Asia." The seminar was held in Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand from May 6-11. 2013 and was participated in by several bishops and priests from 10 countries in Asia. 280513

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Second BILA on Family organized


The Office of Laity and Family organized the second Bishops’ Institute for Laity Apostolate from April 20-24, 20013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The second BILA on family dealt with the theme “Families in Asia, serving and being served.” 140513


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AsIPA International Training Workshop


The Asian Integrated Pastoral Approach (AsIPA) Desk of the Office of Laity and Family of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences will organize three International Training Workshops from 7 to 12 October, 2013. The venue will be in the Camillian Social Center in Lat Krabang, Bangkok, Thailand.  The training workshops are open to Episcopal Commissions for Small Christian Communities (SCC) / Basic Christian Communities (BCC), and the different Diocesan and National SCC/BCC teams. 110413


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Conference of Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders in Asia


The FABC-Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA) has released the report and final statement of the recent Conference of Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders in Asia. The meeting held in Jakarta Feb 25-March 1, 2013 was jointly organized by OEIA, the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), International Conference of Muslim Scholars (ICIS), the Indonesian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (KWI), and the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI). 220313


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For All the People of Asia Volume 5



Relaunching Our Evangelizing Mission


Harvesting from the Asian Soil: Towards an Asian Theology


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