16:30 Opening Eucharist
18:00 Opening Ceremonies
The 50th anniversary of The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) - General Conference will be held on October 12-30, 2022 at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Bangkok, Baan Phu Waan, Thailand.
The main theme of the Conference is “FABC 50: Journeying together as peoples of Asia”, with the biblical leitmotif, “… and they went a different way” (Mt 2:12), referring to the Magi who changed the course of their journey after visiting child Jesus in Bethlehem.
The General Conference marks the 50th anniversary of its foundation to reflect on the re-emerging and emerging realities and challenges of the Church in Asia. Church in Asia faces re-emerging realities and challenges from the Asian reality that surrounds her, as well as from the way of being church in transition from being a “mission church” to a “missionary Church.”
The Inauguration of this Conference was held previously at the Shrine of Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 22.
On the occasion, Pope Francis expressed the hope in his message that “the FABC 50 General Conference will renew the Churches in Asia in fraternal communion and in missionary zeal for the spread of the Gospel among the richly diverse peoples, cultures, and social realities of the Vast Asian continent.”
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, will be the envoy of Pope Francis at the conference.
As many as 17 cardinals and over 200 bishops, officials of the various offices of FABC and other delegates from member countries will attend.
Opening Eucharist and the Opening Ceremonies of the FABC General Conference is live streamed from Baan Phu Waan - Pastoral Training Centre of the Bangkok Archdiocese from 16:30 Bangkok time on October 12.
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