The first segment of the conference, ‘Visiting Asia’, began with reports on the emerging realities from the countries of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Nepal and the three Rites from the country of India (Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara and Latin Rites).
The representatives of each country highlighted the various concerns and challenges faced by the Church and community, speaking with passion about their histories and the work of the Church. Showing support, and concern, and seeking understanding from each other, the representatives will work together to find a path forward, fulfilling the purpose of the conference.
Aloysius John, of Caritas Internationalis, gave the gathered audience an overview of Caritas’ purpose throughout Asia and the challenges set before the organization in carrying out its mission in a post-pandemic world, and what role Caritas and its network could play as part of the Church.
Earlier in the day, the organizers gave an orientation to the proceedings for the upcoming days of the Conference as well as an introduction to Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Centre. Cardinal Gracias introduced the members of the various FABC commissions to the bishops.
The first day started with morning prayers and celebration of the Eucharist by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo and short remembrance for those lost to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The session for the first day concluded with group discussions on the national reports.
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.