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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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AsIPA VII General Assembly Updates

 

Here are some updates posted by organizer of the upcoming Seventh General Assembly of Asian Integral Pastoral Approach (AsIPA) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from October 22-28, 2015. 090715



FABC-Office of Laity and Family Newsletter for April-June Now available Online

 

The newslettter of FABC-Office of Laity and Family for April-June 2015 is now available online. 230615



FABC Paper 146 Now Available Online

 

The FABC Paper No. 146 is now available online. This FABC Paper is the result of the study undertaken by the theologians of FABC-Office of Theological Concerns reflecting on the issue of ecology and its impact on Asia. It presents briefly the position of some major Asian traditions on ecology and further explore the issue of ecology from a biblical and theological perspective. 230615



Pope Francis Encyclical "Laudato Si" Press Release

 

"Laudato Si, On the Care of our Common Home" is the name of Pope Francis' much awaited Encyclical on Climate Change, which was released today, June 18th, 2015.


"Although Pope St John Paul II had spoken about the importance of the Care for Creation and Pope Benedict XVI had referred to it so often that he was called the Green Pope, Pope Francis is the first Pope to have devoted an encyclical entirely to this topic. 180615

 

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FABC Paper 144 and 145 Now Available Online

 

The FABC Paper No. 144 and 145 are now available online. FABC Paper No. 144 deals with the Apostolic jouney of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. While FABC Paper No. 145 discusses the Theological reflections on the family from the perspective of the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Family. FABC 145 is prepared by Fr. Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR and the former executive secretary of FABC-Office of Theological Concerns. 170615



Program for Climate Change South East Asia Meeting Now Available

 

The FABC Program for South East Asian Regional Meeting on Climate Change is now available. This regional meeting is organized by the Climate Change Desk (CCD) and the Office of Human Development (OHD) of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences in cooperation with Misereor and will be held at Pope Pius XII Pastoral Center, Manila, Philippines from July 2-3, 2015. This gathering invites the participants from Indonesian and the Philippines Episcopal commission for Justice and Peace/Development and those who are involved in the mitigation and adaptation of climate change measures. The highlights of this gathering includes the discussion of Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change. 090615

 

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FABC-Office of Theological Concern Latest Publication on Ecology

 

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The Office of Theological Concern (OTC) of the FABC has recently published an Asian Christian Approach on the issues to Ecology. The title of the new publication is "Towards Responsible Stewardship of Creation An Asian Christian Approach." The publication is a result of the study undertaken by the theologians of FABC-Office of Theological Concerns reflecting on the issue of ecology and its impact on Asia. It presents briefly the position of some major Asian traditions on ecology and further explore the issue of ecology from a biblical and theological perspective. The book is edited by Father Clarence Devadass, executive secretary of the FABC-Office of Theological Concerns. 010515



FABC-OSC Publishes 'Communicatio Socialis Prints'

 

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FABC-OSC co-publishes in April the first two volumes of " Communicatio Socialis Prints" (CSP), a collection of scientific papers in Religion and Socials Communication.

 

Volume 1 titled "Social Communication in Theological Perspective: Communication Theology" is written by Fr. Anh Vu Ta, while volume 2 titled "Social Communication Formation in Seminaries and Schools of Theology: An Investigation" is by Rev.Virgilio F. Ciudadano, Jr.

 

CSP's are jointly published by FABC-OSC, St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center Inc. (JFCC), Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC), and the MAT-SPC (Master of Arts in theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication) program in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Graduate School. 050515

 

 



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

 

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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



 

 

 

 

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