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FABC's social communication arm launches website to advance Synod in Asia

To promote and coordinate the communication of the Synod on Synodality in Asia, the Office of Social Communications of the Federation of Asian Bishop's Conference has launched a website. 

"For the local churches in Asia, spread across this vast continent, the Synod is a privileged moment to continue the threefold dialogue with cultures, religions, and the poor," Cardinal-elect and Social Communication chairman Bishop Sebastian Francis said during the inauguration of the newly developed portal on August 29.

The website, known as Synod Asia, would serve as a substantial source of content for the Church in Asia and the media as well, he explained.

Several bishops, secretaries of social communication in episcopal conferences in Asia, and leaders and members of the Synod communication team attended the inaugural meeting.

Pakawat Anthony Kraisomsuk, a member of the Synod Communication team, led the participants through a visual tour of the newly launched digital platform and its features.

Bishop Francis has also invited everyone to share the resources and richness of the Synod "as we walk together as People of God." 

In a video message, FABC President Cardinal Charles Bo called the synod "a moment of grace."

"It is a call to witness to Jesus and his message on this vast continent of Asia and to the millions of brothers and sisters in whose midst we live," Bo said.

Bo expressed gratitude to the Social Communication Office for the newly launched website and for collecting and sharing content about the Synod.

The website offers references for episcopal conferences and also for the media looking for news on the Synod and the Church in Asia, said Fr. George Plathottam, OSC secretary and member of the Vatican's communication team for the Synod.

The Office of Social Communication has also launched an initiative seeking to build a network of journalists. The network will represent the FABC member conferences. They will also cover Synod-related stories.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.