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Asian Catholic bishops postpone major gathering due to pandemic

Baan Phu Waan, Thailand, during the celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the Church's "Mission to Siam", May 18. (Photo by Nattha Nuchsuwan /

The Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) has announced that it will postpone its general conference set in November this year at Baan Phu Waan, Thailand, to a later date due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

The association of episcopal conferences of the Catholic Church in the region noted that because of the “fluid situation” no future date has been fixed for the meeting.

A central committee meeting that has been scheduled for June this year “also stands postponed,” read a letter addressed to members of the federation.

The FABC, which aims to foster solidarity and responsibility for the welfare of the Church and of society in the region, includes bishops’ conferences from across Asia.

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