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Regional assemblies set in Malaysia for 2024

13th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei (CBCMSB)

The three regions in Malaysia are set to come together for their regional assemblies in 2024, which was one of the central topics of the 113th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei (CBCMSB).

During their five-day conference on January 8–12 at Bukit Mertajam, each bishop of Malaysia’s nine dioceses presented reports about their respective archdiocesan and diocesan assemblies held in 2023.

They praised the spiritual conversation method introduced at the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2023, which emphasizes listening over speaking.

These diocesan assemblies serve as preparation for this year’s regional assemblies of Semenanjung Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.

In April 2025, young Catholics from all nine Malaysian dioceses will gather for the Malaysian Young People Assembly. 

This will be followed by the opening of the Jubilee Year 2025, the Perjalanan Salib Malaysia, or Journey of the Malaysian Cross.

These assemblies prepare for the Malaysia Pastoral Convention (MPC) in 2026, which will take place in Johor.

This convention will bring together the clergy, religious, and laypeople, uniting them as one Malaysian Church.

The Conference of Religious Major Superiors (CRMS), under the direction of their president, Friar Derrick Yap, OFM, provided the bishops attending the conference with an opportunity to discuss other matters besides the upcoming assemblies.

Also present at the conference were the Apostolic Nuncio of Malaysia, Archbishop Wojciech Załuski, and the Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Cardinal Giorgio Marengo.

Fr. William La Rousse, General Secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC), also graced the event to provide an update regarding the Asian Church’s Synodal journey.

The priest also reminded the bishops of their follow-through efforts for the second session and conclusion of the Synod this October. -Luke Godoy


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