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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.

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South East Asia Regional Seminar on Climate Change


The Climate Change Desk of FABC will organize a regional seminar on Climate Change in South East Asia for the countries of Indonesia and Philippines. This gathering will be held at Pope Pius XII Pastoral Center in Manila, Philippines from July 2-3, 2015. This regional seminar aims to promote a collective Asian Church's response on climate change and to establish a Climate Change Desk in every Episcopal Conference in Asia. 220415

FABC Mourns Death of Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai


Msgr Tai

Long-time program director of Radio Veritas Asia, Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai, died on April 21 in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was 67.


In 2012, Msgr. Tai served as assistant to the Papal Legate of the 10th FABC Plenary Assembly December 10-16 in Xuan Loc diocese east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 210415


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Asian Celebration of Nostra Aetate 50th Anniversary


The FABC Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs is organizing an Asian celebration of Nostra Aetate 50th anniversary on November 16-20, 2015. The venue for this gathering will be at the Redemptorist Center in Pattaya, Thailand and is open to all bishops working with episcopal commission on Interreligious Dialogue. 140415


Bishop Emeritus of Dili, Timor Leste dies


Bishop Alberto Ricardo Da Silva, the Bishop Emeritus of Dili, Timor Leste passed away on April 2, 2015. He was 71. The FABC family extends condolence and prayers for the family and friends of Bishop Da Silva. May he rest in peace! 060415


Final Statement of BILA X on Laity Now Available Online


The Final Statement of the 10th Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate on Laity (BILA X on Laity) is now available online. This gathering has explored the theme "The Role and Mission of Laity in the 21st Century on the occassion of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council." BILA X was held at Camillian Pastoral Center in Bangkok, Thailand from March 2-6, 2015. 270315

AsIPA VII General Assembly


The AsIPA Desk of the FABC Office of Laity and Family will hold their 7th General Assembly from October 22-28, 2015 at Bann Phu Waan Pastoral Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand. The theme for this gathering is "Small Christian Communities/Basic Ecclesial Communities Living with People of Different Faiths and Beliefs."170315

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FABC-OCL shares Documents on the Year of Consecrated Life


The FABC Office of Consecrated Life shares documents featuring the celebration of the "Year of the Consecrated Life." These documents include the prayer for year of the consecrated life, the logo and its explanation, some pertinent websites on the celebration this event. 250215

Symposium on Consecrated Life at the Service of New Evangelization


The FABC Office of Consecrated Life (OCL) will organize a symposium on "Consecrated Life at the Service of New Evangelization". This symposuim will be held at the Redemptorist Center in Pattaya, Thailand from July 20-25, 2015. 230215

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FABC Paper 143 Now Available Online


The FABC Paper No. 143 on Families in Asia is now available online. This FABC Paper contains the Final Statements of the different BILAs on Family conducted by the Family and Women Desk of the FABC Office of Laity and Family. This FABC paper also discusses the result of the survey on Family Ministry in Asia condcted by the same FABC office. 190215

BILA X on Laity Postponed


The 10th Bishops Institute for Laity Apostolate (BILA X) of the FABC Office of Laity and Family has been postponed from February 2-5, 2015 to March 2-6, 2015 and relocated to another venue upon the request of the local host and its organizers. The new venue for BILA X on Laity will be the Camillian Pastoral Centre in Latkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. This three-day gathering will explore on the theme "The Role and Mission of the Laity in the 21st Century."180215

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Proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel as Renewed Evangelizers in Asia

The Office of Clergy of the FABC has organized a seminar for Bishops, Priests and Formators on the theme "Proclaiming the Joy of the Gospel as Renewed Evangelizers in Asia." This seminar was held at the Redemptorists' Retreat House in Pattaya, Thailand from November 10-15,2014. The documents presented in this seminar are now availbale online. 170215


Consultation on Peace and Reconciliation

The FABC Office of Human Development (OHD) will conduct a Consultation on Peace and Reconciliation in Asia from April 06-11, 2015. This consulation is supported by the Catholic Relief Service of Asia and will be held at the Camillian Pastoral Centre in, Bangkok, Thailand. 160215


FABC- Central Committe and FABC Offices Meeting

The FABC Central Committe and the FABC Offices will have their regular meeting from Febraury 26-27, 2015. The venue of their meeting will be at the FABC Documentation Centre in St. Louis Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. The agenda of the meeting includes the plans and operations of the FABC offices and the eleventh FABC plenary assembly. 120215



FABC- Signatory to Continental Bishops' Statement on Climate Change

The FABC is one of the signatories to the Continental Bishops' statement on Climate Change presented to the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The continental gathering of Bishops was organized by the Peruvian Bishops' Conference in Lima on December 5, 2014 to join the effort of world leaders (COP 20) gathered for the signing of a legally binding climate agreement in Paris in 2015. FABC was represented by Bishop Theotonius Gomes, auxiliary bishop of Dhaka (Emeritus), Bangladesh. Bishop Gomes also delivered the Message of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change to the assembly. 080215


Requesting Prayers for Bishop of Dili

The FABC Central Secretariat is requesting the entire FABC family to remember in prayers and mass intentions Bishop Alberto Ricardo da Silva of Dili, Timor Leste. Bishop da Silva is seriously ill despite the medical interventions he has received. Let us recommend him to our merciful Lord so that he can continue his pastoral ministry in Timor Leste and in Asia. 280115



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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