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FABC-OSC 15th Bishops’ Meet Final Statement Uploaded

 

 

The Final Statement of the 15th annual Bishops’ Meet on “Communication Formation for Priestly Ministry in Asia” is now available. The document reflects the proceedings and resolutions of 30 participants from 10 Asian countries comprising Bishops-in-charge for communication along with national communication directors in FABC-member conferences. The group met at the Camilian Pastoral Care Center November 15-20 in Bangkok, Thailand. Guests included Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome.

The document emphasizes the need for proper communication formation among candidates for priesthood. Communication formation should not be seen as technical training alone, the participants said. Rather, it aims to develop internal dispositions and attitudes reflecting Christ, the perfect communicator. The document also calls Bishops to establish and provide enabling resources and facilities for communication formation.071210

 

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OHD Plan of Action for 2011-2013

 

 

The Office of Human Development of FABC organized a consultation and devised a three-year plan of action in the light of “Eucharist in Asia and Caritas in Veritate.” The consultation was held at the St. Gabriel Provincialate, Bangkok, Thailand from October 15-18, 2010 and was attended by 18 delegates from various parts of Asia. Based on the vision, mission and strategies of OHD, the plan of action put special reference to the priority group of Asia, namely: indigenous people, migrants, people under extreme poverty and hunger, as well as peace and non-violence. Reiterated in the plan were “Eucharist in the context of Asia” with special reference to the 14 themes developed by OHD, and the Asian Colloquium on Caritas in Veritate to be held in February 2011. The consultation spelt out the three key responsibilities for OHD in assuming the three-year plan action, namely: animation, dissemination and coordination. 051110

 

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Seminar for Bishops of Asia

 

 

An international seminar for Bishops in Asia on the theme “Bishop as Father, Brother and Friend of Priest” will be organized by the FABC-Office of Clergy on May 16-21, 2011 at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. Based on the Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores Gregis” of Pope John Paul II, the theme is the ‘felt need’ of bishops due to the prevailing situation in Asian society. The proposed seminar will highlight the primary mission and ministry of the bishop as shepherd of the flock, and his significant role as servant leader in Christ by being a Father, Brother and Friend of his priests. For inquiries, contact FABC-Office of Clergy of FABC. 051110

 

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Theme for the 2011 WCD Message Announced

 

 

The theme for next year's World Communication Day Message will be "Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age." 300910

 

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Pastoral Care of Street People in the Continents of Asia & Oceania

 

 

A meeting on the pastoral care of the street people in the continents of Asia & Oceania will be organized by the Office of Human Development of FABC, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples on October 19-23, 2010. The meeting will be held at Baan Phu Waan Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand. For details and inquiries, please contact the Office of Human Development. 100910

 

 

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Preparatory Consultation on Caritas in Veritate in the Context of Asia

 

 

The Office of Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences will hold a preparatory consultation on Caritas in Veritate in the context of Asia on October 14-17, 2010. This internal meeting among OHD collaborators will be held at Gabriel Foundation Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 100910

Aim, Content and Process of the Preparatory Consultation

 

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BIBA III & 15th Asia-Oceania Bible Congress

 

 

The FABC-Office of Evangelization will hold the 3rd Bishops’ Institute for Bible Apostolate (BIBA) and the 15th Asia-Oceania Bible Congress in November 4-8, 2010 at the Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand. The theme will be “Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” For inquiries, contact FABC-Office of Evangelization of FABC. 230810

 

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FABC-OE seminar on Secularization and Evangelization Postponed

 

 

The upcoming meeting on Secularization and Evangelization organized by FABC –Office of Evangelization to be held on September 1-5, 2010 has been postponed and moved to February 20-24, 2011. The meeting will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. For inquiries, contact FABC-Office of Evangelization . 230810

 

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FABC Plenary Final Statement

 

 

The Final Statement and interventions at the 9th Plenary Assembly of FABC held in Manila, Philippines on the theme “Living the Eucharist in Asia” is now available as FABC Paper No. 129. 130810

 

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FABC Central Secretariat New Office

 

 

The FABC-Central Secretariat moves to a spacious new office after 30 years, thanks to the Bishop of Hong Kong. 130810

 

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Final Statement of BILA II on Women East Asia Released

 

 

The Women’s Desk of the FABC Office of Laity and Family has published the Final Document of the Second BILA on Women for East Asia. The meeting themed, “Mary: Trutly A Woman of Our Times” was held at St. Therese Activity Center, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

The Keynote address was delivered by Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Imus, Philippines. The participants reflected on the situations of Women in East Asia. For details, refer to the Final Document. 081610

 

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Inculturation in Missionary Formation

 

 

A doctoral thesis on Inculturation according to FABC Documents was published by the Urbaniana University in Rome. Father Dominic Tran Ngoc Dang has authored the dissertation on "Inculturation in Missionary Formation according to the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences documents (1970-2006) with Special Reference to the Mission in Vietnam." With this thesis, the number of academic studies related to the FABC is now 32 (28 doctoral theses, 4 masteral theses). 250310

 

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New FABC Offices Executive Secretaries

 

 

Four of the nine offices of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) will have new executive secretaries each for a first four-year term. They are Father Nithiya, ofm cap from India for the Office of Human Development (OHD) succeeding Bro. Anthony Rogers, fsc; Ms. Wendy Louis from Singapore for the Office of Laity and Family (OLF) succeeding Ms. Virginia Saldanha from India; Father Rod Salazar, svd from the Philippines for the Office of Education and Faith Formation (OEFF) succeeding Father Vicente Cajilig, op from the Philippines; and Father Raymond Ambroise from India for the Office of Social Communication (OSC) succeeding Manila-based Father Franz-Josef Eilers, svd. 050310

 

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Communication Bishop is new head of CBCI

 

 

Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai and member of the executive board of the FABC-Office of Social communication, was elected on March 1, 2010 as the new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI). The election is for the next two years. Cardinal Gracias is concurrently the president of the Latin-Rite of the "Conference of Catholic Bishops' of India" (CCBI). The Cardinal is a member of the FABC-OSC board since 2004. 030310

 

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Joint FABC-CCA Staff Meeting

 

 

A joint meeting between the staff of the nine FABC offices and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) took place on February 20, 2010 at the FABC Documentation Centre in Bangkok.
The gathering reviewed existing and planned joint programs of the Churches in Asia and considered possibilities for a more committed collaboration between the FABC and the CCA. It was proposed to have similar joint meetings every year.

The last of such joint meetings took place August 2001 in Hong Kong, from where the CCA moved in 2006 to its new headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

CCA is a body of mainstream Protestant Churches in Asia and thus, in a certain way the Protestant counterpart of the FABC. The tradition of joint meetings between CCA and FABC dates back to 1993 when the first of such gatherings took place.
The nine-member CCA delegation who met with FABC offices in Bangkok this year was led by their General Secretary, Prawate Khid-arn with heads of departments for, e.g., Faith & Mission, Justice, International Affairs, Formation and Youth.
The FABC offices were represented by their respective executive secretaries with the FABC General Secretary, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, omi. 260210

 

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Laity Newsletter 4/09

 

 

The December issue of Laity newsletter is now available, featuring the Final Statement of the 5th AsIPA General Assembly held in Davao, Philippines from October 20-28, 2009, and the Message of the 5th Asian Youth Day (2009). 220210

 

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Paradigm Shift in Ministry of the Priest

 

 

An international seminar for priests on "The Paradigm Shift in the Mission and Ministry of the Priest in Asia" will be organized by the FABC-Office of Clergy on May 10-15, 2010 in Bangkok. The meeting takes up the various challenges faced by priests in Asia today. The purpose of the seminar is to develop a better appreciation of priesthood and ministry, in view of a deeper renewal and commitment, to help understand the ministry as a means of sanctification, and to help enhance the priests' spiritual life as true leaders of their people. Topics of the seminar will include "The Priest as a 'Servant-Leader'," "Models of Priestly Spirituality," and the "Presbyterium as the Source of Sacramental Brotherhood." 120210

 

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Mary as Model of our Time and Discipleship

 

 

"Mary, Truly a Woman of our Time" will be the theme of the second BILA ("Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate") on Women in East Asia. The conference will be exclusive for East Asia participants (Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). It will take place May 3-7, 2010 at St. Theresa Activity Center, Taoyuan, Taiwan. The meeting intends to produce some modules to help the participants to continue the BILA process in their respective countries. 120210

 

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Women Living the Eucharist in South Asia

 

 

The third South Asia Meeting on Women took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 20 to 24, 2010 with the theme "Women Living the Eucharist in South Asia." It was locally organized by the Women's Desk of the Laity Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB). The gathering of 25 women with four bishops and two priests shared women's stories "from the rich depth of the inner well of women's experiences," as the Final Statement says. The participants committed themselves, beside others, to "continue to work for the empowerment of women" and to contribute to a "meaningful encounter with Christ in the Scriptures." They want to "promote the Mary of the Gospels in theology and devotion as a powerful and prophetic paradigm for discipleship." 050210

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IX FABC Plenary Statement Released

 

 

The "Final Document" on "Living the Eucharist in Asia" of the 9th Plenary Assembly of the FABC held in Manila August 10-16, 2009 was released on January 27, 2010. The document was prepared by a team of the FABC-Office of Theological Concerns, discussed at the Plenary in 2009, and finally completed for publication in January 2010.

The statement's considerations follow the structure of a Eucharistic celebration proceeding from Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, to the Eucharistic Prayer, the Rite of Communion and Conclusion. Every section presents "Contextualized Pastoral Implications." Some pastoral recommendations on Formation towards Eucharistic Life, the Celebration and Adoration of the Word, Living the Eucharist and Missionary Orientation conclude the document.<

In an acompanying letter to the 25-page document, Archbishop Quevedo, omi, the general secretary of the FABC, proposes to the FABC-member bishops' conferences and associate members to present the document in the light of the prevailing situation of the respective conference or diocese, to use it in retreats, recollections and assemblies as well as in houses of formation, seminaries and even on the parish level. 280110

"Living the Eucharist in Asia," Final Statement of the IX FABC Plenary Assembly

 

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FABC Offices Meet

 

 

The nine offices of the FABC are going to meet for a joint planning session February 17-20, 2010 at the FABC Documentation Centre in Bangkok. The planning will be guided by the experiences and proposals of the XI Plenary Assembly August, 2009 in Manila whose theme was "Living the Eucharist in Asia." 260110

 

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FABC Paper No. 128: Social Communication in Catholic Universities of Asia

 

 

A new edition of "FABC Papers" has been published by the Central Secretariat in Hong Kong. The 128th Paper contains selected considerations and reflections of the seventh "Bishops' Institute for Social Communication" (BISCOM VII) on "Social Communication in Catholic Universities of Asia." Some 34 universities from 13 different countries of Asia participated in the meeting held at Assumption University in Bangkok May 6-13, 2009. It was a follow up of a similar world meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome May 2008.

FABC Paper No. 128 contains presentations on the "Identity and Mission of a Faculty of Communication in a Catholic University," "Role of Catholic Universities on Social Communication in Theological Perspective," and contributions of a panel of scholars on "Teaching Social Communication in Catholic Universities." The "Final Statement" lists orientations and recommendations, and completes the 98-page publication. For inquiries, email to fabc@hkdavc.com or fabcsecretariat@yahoo.com 150110

 

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Doctoral Dissertation on Laity in FABC Perspective

 

 

A doctoral dissertation on the role of the laity in contextual theology of the FABC was concluded in 2009 at the Australian Catholic University. The study was made and successfully defended by Peter N. V. Hai from Vietnam. The full title of the thesis is "Lay People in the Asian Church: A Critical Study on the Role of the Laity in Contextual Theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (1970-2001) with Special Reference to John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations Christifidelis Laici (1989) and Ecclesia in Asia (1999), and the Pastoral Letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference." This is the 27th doctoral dissertation written about or based on FABC thinking. There are further several MA and Licentiate theses written to-date. The Australian Catholic University operates from six different campuses in the country. 060110

 

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Seminar for Bishops of Asia

 

 

An international seminar for Bishops in Asia on the theme “Bishop as Father, Brother and Friend of Priest” will be organized by the FABC-Office of Clergy on May 16-21, 2011 at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand. Based on the Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores Gregis” of Pope John Paul II, the theme is the ‘felt need’ of bishops due to the prevailing situation in Asian society. The proposed seminar will highlight the primary mission and ministry of the bishop as shepherd of the flock, and his significant role as servant leader in Christ by being a Father, Brother and Friend of his priests. For inquiries, contact FABC-Office of Clergy of FABC. 051110

 

 

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Theme for the 2011 WCD Message Announced

 

 

The theme for next year's World Communication Day Message will be "Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age." 300910

 

 

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Pastoral Care of Street People in the Continents of Asia & Oceania

 

 

A meeting on the pastoral care of the street people in the continents of Asia & Oceania will be organized by the Office of Human Development of FABC, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples on October 19-23, 2010. The meeting will be held at Baan Phu Waan Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand. For details and inquiries, please contact the Office of Human Development. 100910

 

 

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Preparatory Consultation on Caritas in Veritate in the Context of Asia

 

 

The Office of Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences will hold a preparatory consultation on Caritas in Veritate in the context of Asia on October 14-17, 2010. This internal meeting among OHD collaborators will be held at Gabriel Foundation Center in Bangkok, Thailand. 100910

Aim, Content and Process of the Preparatory Consultation

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BIBA III & 15th Asia-Oceania Bible Congress

 

 

The FABC-Office of Evangelization will hold the 3rd Bishops’ Institute for Bible Apostolate (BIBA) and the 15th Asia-Oceania Bible Congress in November 4-8, 2010 at the Redemptorist Centre, Pattaya, Thailand. The theme will be “Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” For inquiries, contact FABC-Office of Evangelization of FABC. 230810

 

 

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FABC-OE seminar on Secularization and Evangelization Postponed

 

 

The upcoming meeting on Secularization and Evangelization organized by FABC –Office of Evangelization to be held on September 1-5, 2010 has been postponed and moved to February 20-24, 2011. The meeting will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. For inquiries, contact FABC-Office of Evangelization . 230810

 

 

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FABC Plenary Final Statement

 

 

The Final Statement and interventions at the 9th Plenary Assembly of FABC held in Manila, Philippines on the theme “Living the Eucharist in Asia” is now available as FABC Paper No. 129. 130810

 


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FABC Central Secretariat New Office

 

 

The FABC-Central Secretariat moves to a spacious new office after 30 years, thanks to the Bishop of Hong Kong. 130810

 

 

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Final Statement of BILA II on Women East Asia Released

 

 

The Women’s Desk of the FABC Office of Laity and Family has published the Final Document of the Second BILA on Women for East Asia. The meeting themed, “Mary: Trutly A Woman of Our Times” was held at St. Therese Activity Center, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

The Keynote address was delivered by Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Imus, Philippines. The participants reflected on the situations of Women in East Asia. For details, refer to the Final Document. 081610

 

 

 

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Inculturation in Missionary Formation

 

 

A doctoral thesis on Inculturation according to FABC Documents was published by the Urbaniana University in Rome. Father Dominic Tran Ngoc Dang has authored the dissertation on "Inculturation in Missionary Formation according to the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences documents (1970-2006) with Special Reference to the Mission in Vietnam." With this thesis, the number of academic studies related to the FABC is now 32 (28 doctoral theses, 4 masteral theses). 250310

 


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New FABC Offices Executive Secretaries

 

 

Four of the nine offices of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) will have new executive secretaries each for a first four-year term. They are Father Nithiya, ofm cap from India for the Office of Human Development (OHD) succeeding Bro. Anthony Rogers, fsc; Ms. Wendy Louis from Singapore for the Office of Laity and Family (OLF) succeeding Ms. Virginia Saldanha from India; Father Rod Salazar, svd from the Philippines for the Office of Education and Faith Formation (OEFF) succeeding Father Vicente Cajilig, op from the Philippines; and Father Raymond Ambroise from India for the Office of Social Communication (OSC) succeeding Manila-based Father Franz-Josef Eilers, svd. 050310

 

 

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Communication Bishop is new head of CBCI

 

 

Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai and member of the executive board of the FABC-Office of Social communication, was elected on March 1, 2010 as the new president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI). The election is for the next two years. Cardinal Gracias is concurrently the president of the Latin-Rite of the "Conference of Catholic Bishops' of India" (CCBI). The Cardinal is a member of the FABC-OSC board since 2004. 030310


 

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Joint FABC-CCA Staff Meeting

 

 

A joint meeting between the staff of the nine FABC offices and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) took place on February 20, 2010 at the FABC Documentation Centre in Bangkok.
The gathering reviewed existing and planned joint programs of the Churches in Asia and considered possibilities for a more committed collaboration between the FABC and the CCA. It was proposed to have similar joint meetings every year.

The last of such joint meetings took place August 2001 in Hong Kong, from where the CCA moved in 2006 to its new headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

CCA is a body of mainstream Protestant Churches in Asia and thus, in a certain way the Protestant counterpart of the FABC. The tradition of joint meetings between CCA and FABC dates back to 1993 when the first of such gatherings took place.
The nine-member CCA delegation who met with FABC offices in Bangkok this year was led by their General Secretary, Prawate Khid-arn with heads of departments for, e.g., Faith & Mission, Justice, International Affairs, Formation and Youth.
The FABC offices were represented by their respective executive secretaries with the FABC General Secretary, Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, omi. 260210

 

 

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Laity Newsletter 4/09

 

 

The December issue of Laity newsletter is now available, featuring the Final Statement of the 5th AsIPA General Assembly held in Davao, Philippines from October 20-28, 2009, and the Message of the 5th Asian Youth Day (2009).
Click to view 220210

 

 

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Paradigm Shift in Ministry of the Priest

 

 

An international seminar for priests on "The Paradigm Shift in the Mission and Ministry of the Priest in Asia" will be organized by the FABC-Office of Clergy on May 10-15, 2010 in Bangkok. The meeting takes up the various challenges faced by priests in Asia today. The purpose of the seminar is to develop a better appreciation of priesthood and ministry, in view of a deeper renewal and commitment, to help understand the ministry as a means of sanctification, and to help enhance the priests' spiritual life as true leaders of their people. Topics of the seminar will include "The Priest as a 'Servant-Leader'," "Models of Priestly Spirituality," and the "Presbyterium as the Source of Sacramental Brotherhood." 120210

 

 

back to top


Mary as Model of our Time and Discipleship

 

 

"Mary, Truly a Woman of our Time" will be the theme of the second BILA ("Bishops' Institute for Lay Apostolate") on Women in East Asia. The conference will be exclusive for East Asia participants (Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). It will take place May 3-7, 2010 at St. Theresa Activity Center, Taoyuan, Taiwan. The meeting intends to produce some modules to help the participants to continue the BILA process in their respective countries. 120210


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Women Living the Eucharist in South Asia

 

 

The third South Asia Meeting on Women took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 20 to 24, 2010 with the theme "Women Living the Eucharist in South Asia." It was locally organized by the Women's Desk of the Laity Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB). The gathering of 25 women with four bishops and two priests shared women's stories "from the rich depth of the inner well of women's experiences," as the Final Statement says. The participants committed themselves, beside others, to "continue to work for the empowerment of women" and to contribute to a "meaningful encounter with Christ in the Scriptures." They want to "promote the Mary of the Gospels in theology and devotion as a powerful and prophetic paradigm for discipleship."

Report
Final Statement
050210

 

 

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IX FABC Plenary Statement Released

 

 

The "Final Document" on "Living the Eucharist in Asia" of the 9th Plenary Assembly of the FABC held in Manila August 10-16, 2009 was released on January 27, 2010. The document was prepared by a team of the FABC-Office of Theological Concerns, discussed at the Plenary in 2009, and finally completed for publication in January 2010.

The statement's considerations follow the structure of a Eucharistic celebration proceeding from Introductory Rites, the Liturgy of the Word, to the Eucharistic Prayer, the Rite of Communion and Conclusion. Every section presents "Contextualized Pastoral Implications." Some pastoral recommendations on Formation towards Eucharistic Life, the Celebration and Adoration of the Word, Living the Eucharist and Missionary Orientation conclude the document.<

In an acompanying letter to the 25-page document, Archbishop Quevedo, omi, the general secretary of the FABC, proposes to the FABC-member bishops' conferences and associate members to present the document in the light of the prevailing situation of the respective conference or diocese, to use it in retreats, recollections and assemblies as well as in houses of formation, seminaries and even on the parish level.

"Living the Eucharist in Asia," Final Statement of the IX FABC Plenary Assembly
280110

 

 

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FABC Offices Meet

 

 

The nine offices of the FABC are going to meet for a joint planning session February 17-20, 2010 at the FABC Documentation Centre in Bangkok. The planning will be guided by the experiences and proposals of the XI Plenary Assembly August, 2009 in Manila whose theme was "Living the Eucharist in Asia." 260110


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FABC Paper No. 128: Social Communication in Catholic Universities of Asia

 

 

A new edition of "FABC Papers" has been published by the Central Secretariat in Hong Kong. The 128th Paper contains selected considerations and reflections of the seventh "Bishops' Institute for Social Communication" (BISCOM VII) on "Social Communication in Catholic Universities of Asia." Some 34 universities from 13 different countries of Asia participated in the meeting held at Assumption University in Bangkok May 6-13, 2009. It was a follow up of a similar world meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome May 2008.

FABC Paper No. 128 contains presentations on the "Identity and Mission of a Faculty of Communication in a Catholic University," "Role of Catholic Universities on Social Communication in Theological Perspective," and contributions of a panel of scholars on "Teaching Social Communication in Catholic Universities." The "Final Statement" lists orientations and recommendations, and completes the 98-page publication. For inquiries, email to fabc@hkdavc.com or fabcsecretariat@yahoo.com 150110


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Doctoral Dissertation on Laity in FABC Perspective

 

 

A doctoral dissertation on the role of the laity in contextual theology of the FABC was concluded in 2009 at the Australian Catholic University. The study was made and successfully defended by Peter N. V. Hai from Vietnam. The full title of the thesis is "Lay People in the Asian Church: A Critical Study on the Role of the Laity in Contextual Theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (1970-2001) with Special Reference to John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortations Christifidelis Laici (1989) and Ecclesia in Asia (1999), and the Pastoral Letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference." This is the 27th doctoral dissertation written about or based on FABC thinking. There are further several MA and Licentiate theses written to-date. The Australian Catholic University operates from six different campuses in the country. 060110


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