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President meets Asian bishops in Colombo

COLOMBO (SE): The president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, praised the Church’s dedication to service of the poor at a meeting with a delegation from the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, which has been holding a plenary assembly in Colombo.

He invited the bishops to a meeting at his official residence in Colombo on November 30 and took the opportunity to highlight the work the Church has done in the volatile island nation.

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Bishops reflect vast and varied conditions of Church in Asia

COLOMBO (SE): The more than 140 bishops that came together for a plenary meeting around the theme of family life with officials from the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from November 28 to December 4, showed the great diversity in makeup, experience and situation of the Church in Asia.

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World Youth Day remembers those who could not get there

ROME (SE): “We pray and appeal for young Christians who could not go to Poland. We want to show that we care about other young people who could not come to Poland because of war, persecution, hunger or other problems,” Ursula Adamowicz, the coordinator the City of Mercy booth at World Youth Day in Poland, said.

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East Asian bishops sign Catholic Climate Petition in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (SE): A gathering sponsored by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences held at the Honeyville Canossian Retreat House in Hong Kong from September 8 to 10 endorsed the Global Catholic Climate Movement Climate Petition urging world leaders to adopt a strong and ambitious climate treaty at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris in December this year.

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Rekindling the spirit of a Church of the poor among Asian bishops

 

During this 50th year since the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, the bishops of Asia will gather for their deferred meeting in Vietnam during December for the first Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences since they met in Manila in 2009.

The anniversary of Vatican II is significant, as the council was a momentous event, not least of all for the Church in Asia.








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Dialogue and culture are top priority Cardinal Tong insists

 

HONG KONG (SE): The appeal from the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Fernando Cardinal Filoni, to the authorities in Beijing to reopen a dialogue with the Holy See highlights an extremely important issue, the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, told Vatican Insider on October 28 in Rome.

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New cardinals trump Asian bishops

 

VATICAN (SE): The six new cardinals appointed out of season by Pope Benedict XVI during the Synod of Bishops, which concluded in Rome on October 28, have trumped the Asian bishops who were scheduled to gather for their four-yearly meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from November 16 to 25.

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