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THIRD EDITION OF "CHURCH AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION” LAUNCHED
THEME FOR 2015 WORLD COMMUNICATION DAY ANNOUNCED
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
6TH ASIAN YOUTH DAY OPENS TODAY
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 http://www.ayd2014.org/ 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
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
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
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
FABC-OSC 17th Annual Bishops' Meet on Spirituality
The FABC-OSC organized the 17th annual “Bishops’ Meet” this year at Surat Thani Diocesan Pastoral Centre (Thailand) from Nov 12-17. More than 20 bishops in-charge for social communication and their secretaries/ national media directors, guests and resource persons were in attendance. The theme “Spirituality: Foundation for Christian Communication” stressed the need of a genuine spirituality for effective communication ministry. It also reinforced again the understanding of social communication as one that requires not only technical skills but, more importantly, the communicative disposition of the Master of Communication Jesus Christ Himself. 301212
Message of the FABC 10th Plenary Assembly Released
The Message of FABC 10th Plenary Assembly is now available. The message reflects the proceeding and reflections of the gathering of Asian bishops which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the foundation of FABC. 281212
Vietnam Diocese Grateful for "Miracle" of Hosting 10th FABC Plenary Assembly
Hosting the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) was a wish come true for officials of Xuan Loc diocese.
Cardinal John-Baptist Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh broached the idea of hosting the gathering of Church leaders from around Asia four years ago when he inaugurated the buildings in Phase I of the construction plan for the Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre complex east of Ho Chi Minh City. 271212
Japan Archbishop Lists National and Global Threats to Life
Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga of Osaka highlighted natural and human-made threats to life in his report to the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) 10th Plenary Assembly as president of the Catholic bishops' Conference of Japan.
South Korean Bishop Apologizes for War Crimes in Vietnam
Korean bishop attending the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) here has apologized for war atrocities committed by South Korean troops during the conflict that Americans refer to as the Vietnam War and Vietnamese call the American War.
Cardinal Tong Urges Prayers for China-Vatican Relations
Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has urged fellow delegates at the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) to support and pray for the successful resolution of strained relations between the Holy See and the government of mainland China through dialogue.
"May I ask for your prayers to bring us help to resolve the difficulties encountered in China-Vatican relations?" Cardinal Tong asked during his homily at a Mass on Dec. 13, the third full day of the assembly. 161212
Document: Homily of Vietnam’s Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man
Cardinal John-Baptist Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City has shared with fellow bishops of Asia his perspective and approach to accompanying Vietnam’s people as they work to rebuild their lives and reunify their nation after war ended with the victory of communist forces in 1975.
Cardinal Man offered his reflections during a Mass that he led on Dec. 12, the second full day of the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) at Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre, part of a large compound of the Catholic diocese of Xuan Loc in Dong Nai Province, east of Ho Chi Minh City. 161212
FABC Bishops Identify Challenges for "New Evangelization"
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), opened the second full day of the 10th FABC Plenary Assembly on Dec. 12 with a summary of the working paper written by his predecessor Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, Philippines.
The 30-page text, whose title is based on the assembly theme, "FABC at Forty Years - Responding to the Challenges of Asia: A New Evangelization," outlines the federation's history and highlights the theme of every previous plenary assembly, the FABC's highest governing body. 161212
Small Churches of Asia Offer Many Lessons at FABC Plenary Assembly
The second day of the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) was especially interesting and informative for bishops attending such an event for the first time, because it gave them a chance to learn about other Churches of Asia.
On Dec. 12, as participants offered reactions to the assembly’s working paper, “Responding to the Challenges of Asia: The New Evangelization,” they described the local Churches in which they are serving.
Some new-comers to this kind of FABC event belong to bishops’ conferences that are full members of the federation. Other first-timers are from small local Churches without an episcopal conference, so they represent places that are FABC associate members. 141212
Dreams of FABC Pioneers Offer Lessons for Today’s Asian Church Leaders
Delegates and guests attending the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) have heard how the dreams of a few Asian bishops combined with the openness of Pope Paul VI to empower Catholic bishops of Asia to work together during the past four decades.
FABC Welcomes Timor Leste as Its Newest Member
The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), which opened its 10th Plenary Assembly on Dec. 11 in Xuan Loc, Vietnam, has formally welcomed the bishops’ conference of Timor Leste as the newest full member of the federation.
The plenary assembly, the FABC’s highest governing body, is normally convened once every four years. This year, the federation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the its foundation in 1972. Under the theme “FABC at Forty Years: Responding to the Challenges of Asia,“ this year’s plenary is being held Dec. 10-16 at Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre of the Catholic diocese of Xuan Loc in Dong Nai Province, east of Ho Chi Minh City. 131212
Cardinal Rosales Delivers Pope's Message to FABC Plenary Assembly
Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, papal legate to the 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), conveyed the wish of Pope Benedict XVI for Asian bishops to renew their zeal in showing love for Christ, the Gospel and Church, and to boost their efforts to witness to the faith through dialogue.
Cardinal Rosales shared the pope's message with bishops of Asia in an address at the close of a Mass on Dec. 11 which officially opened the assembly in Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre, Dong Nai Province, northeast of Ho Chi Minh City.
Cardinal Rosales explained, "The Holy Father expressed in his letter to this legate his desire for the brothers in the episcopacy to generously continue in the commitment to 'the Bishops' duty to manifest, by their renewed strength and zeal, the love of Christ, the Church and the Gospel. Burning with the virtue of faith, they should foster human culture and diligently pursue dialogue among the peoples.'"
The cardinal said he would communicate to the pope his observations of "dedicated efforts of the Asian bishops, with the assistance of the FABC, in keeping alive the dialogues with peoples, religions and long subsisting cultures in the large Asian continent in relation to the evangelization in Jesus, initiated years ago."
Seventy-one cardinals, archbishops and bishops from 22 countries were among 100 delegates at the Mass. They included prelates from long-time member conferences who are attending an FABC plenary assembly for the first time, as well as bishops from new FABC member conferences. One bishop is from the bishops' conference in Timor Leste, which was launched just this year and is the FABC's newest member. Previously, the youngest member had been the Bishops' Conference of Kazakhstan, which officially joined the FABC in 2008.
Cardinal Rosales, 80-year-old archbishop emeritus of Manila, was active in the FABC’s early years particularly regarding the role of Asian bishops in organizing the International Congress on Mission held in 1979 in Manila.
The cardinal cited the themes of the nine previous FABC plenary assemblies among highlights of the federation's 40 years of collaboration after the Holy See approved its statutes on Nov. 16, 1972. The discussions and activities of the current assembly are focused on the theme “FABC at Forty Years: Responding to the Challenges of Asia.”
Cardinal Rosales also conveyed to the assembly’s participants "Pope Benedict XVI's wish of expressing his charity to all the Bishops of Asia, and through you, beloved bishops, the same love is extended to priests and the beloved faithful of Asia."
The pope, he said, is "happy to be informed of your efforts and the initiatives to disseminate the Gospel," and "assures all that he accompanies you in spirit, and encourages all with his prayers.
Local Catholics joined the opening Eucharist and other welcome ceremonies in which government officials and representatives of other faiths in the country also took part.131212
FABC’s 10th Plenary Assembly Opens in Vietnam
The 10th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) opened on Dec. 11 at Xuan Loc Pastoral Centre, part of a large compound of the Catholic diocese of Xuan Loc in Dong Nai Province, east of Ho Chi Minh City.
The gathering, which marks the federation’s 40th anniversary, is focused on the theme "FABC at Forty Years: Responding to the Challenges of Asia." Among 71 participants consisting of cardinals, archbishops and bishops from more than 20 Asian countries in attendance is Pope Benedict XVI’s special envoy to the six-day event, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, the archbishop emeritus of Manila. Other participants include executive secretaries of various offices of FABC, fraternal delegates and guests from Oceania, Europe and Latin America.
Cardinal Rosales presided at a concelebrated Mass that launched the event. His homily evoked the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd who leaves 99 of his flock to go out and find one lost sheep. Since Catholicism is so limited in Asia, where only about three percent of its 3.8 billion people are Catholics, the cardinal said the Church in Asia has a kind of reverse challenge, leaving the one in its fold as it tries to reach out to the other 99. At the end of the Mass, he also read the Holy Father's special message to the assembly.
The official opening ceremony that took place after the Eucharistic celebration showcased the presence of government officials from Vietnam's religious affairs bureau, as well as leaders of Buddhist, Muslim and Protestant communities in Xuan Loc diocese and Dong Nai province.
The special representative of the Vietnamese government delivered a message in which he stressed the appreciation of Vietnam's people for the helpful role Catholics and the Catholic Church have played in the cultural, political and moral growth of the local community and the country at large. To complete the gesture, the government official presented three man-sized flower arrangements as gifts to Cardinal Rosales and India’s Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, the FABC secretary general and Bishop Dominic, the local bishop of Xuan Loc diocese.
The two cardinals then thanked the Vietnamese government for the hospitality and warm reception extended to all the participants from the time they arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to the moment they reached the pastoral center in Xuan Loc. On behalf of the local Church in Vietnam, they also expressed an assurance that Vietnamese Catholics will continue to be the good citizens they are. With continuing dialogue and cooperation, the Catholic Church in Vietnam also hopes to contribute to a better future for the country. 131212
FABC-OE Seminar on Integral Human Formation of Priests
The FABC Office of Clergy will organize a seminar for bishops and formators of Asia on the theme "Formation of Positive, Integral, Effective and Humanly Well-Developed Priests for the Continent of Asia." The seminar will be held from May 6 to 11, 2013 at the Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. 211112
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BISCOM 8 ON ‘SOCIAL MEDIA’
Some 43 Bishops, priests, religious and lay people from 11 Asian countries participated in the eighth “Bishops’ Institute for Social Communication” (BISCOM 8) at Assumption University, Bangkok September 3-9, 2012. The seminar-workshop focused on the theme “Social Media: Networking, Blogging, Gaming, Addiction… - Challenges and Opportunities for the Communication Ministry in Asia” and drew guidelines on how local churches can effectively engage in today’s online environment. More than 10 resource persons explored and reflected on the topic together with bishops and others present. In the Final Statement, the participants have renewed the call for the commission and formation of “digital missionaries” for values and faith formation in and through social media. Episcopal conferences, dioceses and parishes are also called upon to “re/design a pastoral plan that integrates social communication in all apostolates.” BISCOMs are organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication. BISCOM 8 is linked to BISCOM 6 on "Converging Communications for Ministry in Asia" (Bangkok, 2007). 601112
FABC PLENARY POSTPONED
The 10th FABC Plenary Assembly to be held in Vietnam from November 19-24 is postponed to December 10-16, 2012. The postponement is due to the absence of some participating Asian bishops who will be attending the consistory for six new cardinals including Archbishop Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines and Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal of Trivandrum, India. The venue of the Plenary Assembly will be at Xan Loc, Vietnam. 301012
Cardinal Rosales appointed Papal Envoy to FABC 10th Plenary Assembly
FABC and the Challenge of New Evangelization in Asia
Hong Kong’s Cardinal John Tong Hon, one of three prelates appointed by the pope to preside at the Oct. 7-28 synod on evangelization in Rome, has called on Catholics in Asia to renew their faith according to the model of early Church communities in the time of the apostles.
Cardinal Tong made the appeal in his message "FABC and the Challenge of New Evangelization in Asia," which he issued to the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Rome's approval of the FABC’s statutes. 101012
Cardinal Tong as one of three president delegates to the XIII General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops being held Oct. 7-28 in Rome. (Photo credit: Annie Lam/Holy Spirit Study Center, Hong Kong Diocese)
AsIPA 6th General Assembly
The FABC Office of Laity and Family - AsIPA Desk will be holding its 6th General Assembly on October 18-24, 2012 at Chintana Center, Nainamadama, Sri Lanka. The theme of the of the assembly is "Go you are sent forth" (Mt. 10:5) - following Jesus in mission: Small Christian communities serving and ministering. 260912
FABC turns 40 Years
It is 40 years since the Bishops of Asia set up the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), the apex body of the Catholic Church in Asia. The event will be celebrated during the 10th plenary assembly of the leaders and delegates of the various Bishops’ Conferences in the continent when they meet in Vietnam, November 19-25, 2012. About 100 participants consisting of Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences, theologians and other church leaders are expected to attend the event to reflect on opportunities and pastoral challenges that society offers the Church in Asia in the 21st century. FABC is the umbrella organization of 19-member Bishops' Conferences spread across the continent stretching from Kazakhstan in Central Asia to East Timor (Timor Leste) in Southeast Asia. 250912
BILA V on Women
The fifth FABC, Bishops’ Institute on the Lay Apostolate on Women (BILA V on Women) attracted 36 participants from 12 countries of Asia and Australia, including three bishops. It was held from 9 to 13 July at the Camillian Pastoral Care Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. 200912
JFCC Holds Communication Research Workshop
The “St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center” (JFCC) in Quezon City, Philippines held a three-day “Basic Communication Research” workshop, May 6-9. JFCC Board Member, Maria Stella Tirol of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, facilitated the workshop. With lecture and practical exercises, Prof. Tirol guided 16 priests, nuns and lay communication practitioners through the communication research process, offering tips in writing academic research proposals. On the last day, the participants presented their own research proposals in capsule form. They were also given certificates of completion signed by Prof. Tirol and JFCC Director, Fr. Roberto Ebisa, svd. The present and former executive secretaries of the FABC-Office of Social Communication are board members of JFCC. Visit their website at www.freinademetzcenter.org. 310512
BISCOM 8 on Social Media
The FABC-Office of Social Communication invites all bishops to join a five-day seminar-workshop on "Social Media: Surfing, Blogging, Networking, Gaming, Addiction... - Challenges and Opportunities for Communication Ministry in Asia." This 8th "Bishops' Institute for Social Communication" (BISCOM 8) will be held from 3 to 8 September 2012 at Assumption University, Suvarnabhumi campus in Bangkok, Thailand. Register now on a first-come, first served basis. 230212
Message from BISA VIII
The message from the 8th Bishops' Institute of Social Action (BISA VIII) of the FABC Office of Human Development held at Camillian Pastoral Care Centre, Bangkok, Thailand from January 18-24, 2012, is now available. The participants proposed a Pastoral-Theological Programme of Action for Asia. 270112
FABC Secretary General Appointed Pontifical Council Member
The FABC Secretary General, Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India was appointed member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication. Cardinal Gracias has been a board member of FABC-Office of Social Communication and the General Body of Radio Veritas Asia from 2002-till 2010. 200112
BITA IV: Re-scheduled
The Bishops’ Institute of Theological Animation (BITA-IV) on “Youth in Asia: Challenges of Fundamentalism and Relativism” is re-scheduled from May 2011 to April 23-27, 2012 and will be held in Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Centre, Sampran, Thailand. 060112
FABC-OE Seminar for Bishops, Formators and Priests
The FABC Office of Clergy will organize a seminar for Bishops, Formators, and Priests of Asia on "the Contemporary Challenges of Living Priestly Celibacy in the Context of Present Day Crisis in the Church in Asia." The seminar will be held from May 14-19, 2012 at the Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Social Networking for Pastoral Ministry
The 16th annual gathering of bishops responsible for communication and their secretaries was held at St. Paul’s Pastoral Centre in Hualien, Taiwan from 14 to 19 November. More than 30 participants came with officials of Radio Veritas Asia, Signis-Asia, and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA). Msgr. Paul Russel, Holy See’s charge d’affairs in Taiwan, was also present.
The theme “Social Networking for Pastoral Ministry” was mainly treated through a two-day seminar-workshop Nov 15-16 on the how-to’s of social media e.g., file sharing, microblogging, visual storytelling, and online gaming. This year’s Final Statement lists guideposts on how the Church should engage in social media. In it, the participants stress the importance of creative engagement through collaborative efforts, as well as research. Social media should be placed at the service of FABC’s three-fold dialogue - with the poor, cultures, and religions. More... 081211
Climate Change in Asia: Towards a New Creation
Some 55 participants from 16 Episcopal Conferences in Asia, and 2 associate members of the FABC
met in Bangkok on 19-20th Oct. 2011 to discuss "Church Response to the Challenge of Climate Change in Asia: Towards a New Creation."
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FABC Elects New Secretary General
At its October 21 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, the FABC Central Committee has duly elected Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai and President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India as its New Secretary General from January 1, 2012. He succeeds Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, from Philippines as the latter completes two terms of office on December 31, 2011. The duration of Cardinal Gracias' term is 3 years, renewable thereafter. Cardinal Gracias was a board member of FABC-Office of Social Communication for two terms from 2004-2010.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias was born in Mumbai, India on December 24, 1944. He obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law and a Diploma in Jurisprudence in Rome. He was elevated to the position of the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay 16th September 1997 and on November 23, 2000 the Archbishop of Agra. After the promotion of Cardinal Dias to Rome, he was appointed the Archbishop of Bombay on October 14, 2006. The present Holy Father elevated him to the position of Cardinal on October 17, 2007.
Urgent Invitation for BISA-VIII
The FABC-Office of Human Development is urgently inviting participants from the bishops conferences of Asia for their upcoming 8th Bishops’ Institute of Social Action and to commemorate the office’ 40th years anniversary.
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CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR
Global Warming and Climate Change and its Impact on Asia
Challenges and the response of the Church
Jointly organized by FABC Central Secretariat and Misereor, Germany
Venue: Bangkok, 19 and 20 October 2011
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Laity Newsletter (July-September 2011) Uploaded
The latest edition of the Laity Newsletter of FABC-OFL is now available.
8th Bishops' Institute for Social Action (BISA VIII) to be held in November
After the special workshop on the challenges of Migrants and Indigenous Peoples in Asia in 26-29 July, the FABC-Office of Human Development (OHD) will hold the eighth "Bishops' Institute for Social Action" (BISA VIII) on November 4-12, 2011 in Thailand. This year marks the 40th anniversary of OHD, and the commemoration of some of the Church's social teachings. BISA VIII will, thus, include re-reading of the Catholic Social Teaching in the context of Asia. To be covered are Rerum Novarum, Quadragesimo Anno, Mater et Magistra, Pacem in Terris, Gaudium et Spes, Populorum Progressio, Octogesima Adveniens, Justice in the world, Laborem Excercens, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, Centesimus Annos, and Caritas in Veritate. For details, please contact OHD.
FABC-OTC New Publication
The Office of Theological Concerns (OTC) of FABC has published a Festschrift entitled "Harvesting from the Asian Soil: Towards an Asian Theology," to mark the 25th anniversary of the Office. The publication is a collection of theological articles from leading theologians on Asian Theology. For details, please contact OTC.
FABC-OHD program for 2011 Uploaded
The program for 2011 of the Office of Human Development of FABC is now available online.
Laity Newsletter (April-June 2011) Uploaded
The latest edition of the Laity Newsletter of FABC-OFL is now available.
New publication from FABC-Office of Laity & Family-Women’s Desk
The Women’s Desk of the FABC-Office of Laity and Family has published the second volume of Discipleship of Asian Women at the Service of Life. The publication documents the different papers presented at the BILA IV on Women and some selected papers from the regional meetings between 2000 and 2010. The book is printed by Claretian publication, Bangalore, India. For further details please contact the FABC-OL. 080611
Final Statement of FABC-OC Recent Seminar Uploaded
The Final Statement of the FABC-Office of Clergy seminar on Bishop as Father, Brother and Friend of Priests is now uploaded. The statement highlights the need for the bishop to accompany his priests by fostering a family atmosphere in the diocese. On-going formation including spiritual and human formation, are also emphasized to enable the bishop to become Father, Brother and Friend to priest as stipulated in Pastores Gregis.
Seminar on the Impact of Pedophilia-Crisis for the Church in Asia
The FABC-Office of Clergy will organize a seminar for Bishops and formators of Asia on the theme: “The Impact of Pedophilia-Crisis on the Church in Asia” from November 14 to 19, 2011 at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, contact Fr. Lawrence Pinto, msij at Fax: (+91 824) 2483895 Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 290411
FABC Paper No. 133 Available
The FABC Paper No. 133 titled "On Human Being in the Changing Realities of Asia" is now available. The document is edited by Fr. Vimal Tirimanna, CssR , the executive, secretary of the FABC Office of Theological Concerns. This document is divided into four parts and has the purpose of discussing how the people of Asia encounter God in their changing contextual realities and calling them to mission.
ACTS IV ORGANIZED
The fourth gathering of the Asian Conference of Theology Students (ACTS IV) was held from 4-6 April 2011 at the Bangkok Christian Guest House in Bangkok, Thailand. Thirty one (31) students representing the countries from the various denominations and seminaries throughout Asia which are part of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) and the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) actively participated. The theme of ACTS IV was: “Praying and Working Together for Unity in the Household of God.” Participants discussed realities and challenges faced by the churches and peoples of the countries. Central issues like theologizing in the Asian context, economic realities, conflict analysis and understanding ecumenical dialogue as an integration of all God’s creation were also discussed. The unifying fellowship in ACTS IV brought the participants to commit themselves to deepen their involvement in ecumenism within their capacity. (full report) 150411
X FABC PLENARY ASSEMBLY
The X FABC Plenary Assembly will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 19-23, 2012 as confirmed by FABC Central Committee meeting in January 2011. The theme of the X FABC Plenary Assembly is “FABC at Forty: Responding to the Challenges of Asia”, marking the 40th anniversary of the approval of the FABC Statutes by Pope Paul VI, November 16, 1972. 050411
BITA IV Postponed
The upcoming Bishops’ Institute of Theological Animation (BITA-IV) of the FABC Office of Theological Concern, on Fundamentalism, Relativism and Materialism- Pastoral Responses in our Asian Contexts has been postponed. The meeting coincides with the Ad Limina visit of the intended participants. The precise date is yet to be decided. 280311
Clergy Documents Now Online
The Office of Clergy has released two documents and are now available online: Final Statement of the Seminar on "Paradigm Shift in the Mission and Ministry of the Priest in Asia" (Bangkok, Thailand May 10-15, 2010), and the Final Statement of the Fomrators' Seminar on "Spiritual Formation of Priests" (Bangkok, Thailand November 14-19, 2010). 150111
BITA IV On Christian Discipleship in Asia
The Office of Theological Concern of FABC will be organizing the 4th Bishops’ Institute of Theological Animation (BITA IV) on “Christian Discipleship in Asia: Challenges of Fundamentalism and Relativism-Pastoral Approaches.” The seminar will be held in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre, Baan Phu Waan, Samphran, Thailand on May 2-6, 2011. BITA IV will be exclusive for Asian bishops only and will discuss various pastoral topics relevant to the Asian Church today.
For details please contact the FABC-OTC.
FABC Papers Nos. 131 & 132a Now Online
FABC Papers Nos. 131 & 132a are now available for download. Paper No. 131 titled "A Glimpse of Dialogue in Asia" was released on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first "Bishops' Institute for Interreligious Affairs" (BIRA). It includes a discussion on "Dialogue in the Early Teachings of FABC." Paper No. 132a on "Word of God in the Life & Mission of the Church" documents the key inputs at the fifth Biblical Congress, which coincided with the third "Bishops' Institute for Biblical Apostolate" (BIBA III) Nov 4-8, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting was organized by the FABC-Office of Evangelization in cooperation with the Catholic Biblical Foundation (CBF) for Asia/Oceania.