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Cardinal hosts thanksgiving dinner for FABC local working committees

MANILA, August 19, 2009—Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will tender a thanksgiving dinner for members of Local Coordinating Committee and heads of Technical Working Groups of the just concluded 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) at the Arzobispado de Manila, August 20.
In an invitation sent by Ambassador Henrietta de Villa, [...]

Arevalo: FABC’s premier theologian

“WITHOUT a vision, the people perish.” This brief quote from the Book of Proverbs (29:18) enables us to understand the pivotal role that the person we are honoring today has played in the assembly of the local churches of Asia. Father Catalino G. Arévalo, S.J. has served the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) since its beginnings in 1970. In November of that year, when Pope Paul VI visited Manila and gathered together 180 Asian bishops, Father Arévalo already served as peritus (resource person) for this first-ever Asian Bishops’ Meeting. From this organizational gathering, the FABC would soon emerge—with a wide vision of service for all God’s peoples of Asia.

Fr Arevalo: Church must help the poor

MANILA, August 16, 2009—A known Jesuit theologian told the Asian bishops at the culmination of their 9th plenary assembly in Manila, Sunday, to lead the church in helping the poor.
Fr Catalino Arevalo, SJ said the church must continue taking particular interest in those who are the most deprived.
He said the mission of the Federation of [...]

Eucharist must ‘transform’ Catholics—Asian bishops

MANILA, August 16, 2009—The Asian bishops’ meeting in Manila ended Sunday with a call to the clergy for an effective proclamation of the Word of God.
Greater duty, they said in a statement, starts from the clergy in ensuring that the proclamation of the Scripture is at the heart of each of the reformed liturgical rites.
In [...]

Pastoral recommendations on Eucharist to be included in FABC plenary document

MANILA, August 16, 2009—In its desire to configure a guide for the renewal of the Church in Asia, the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) will include the two pastoral recommendations on the Eucharist in the final document of the 9th Plenary Assembly.
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Secretary General of the FABC, said that the Asian [...]

Message of the FABC 9th Plenary Assembly

We, the 117 participants – Catholic Bishops of Asia, together with the Papal Envoy, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Archbishop Robert Sarah, the Secretary of the Congregation of Evangelisation of Peoples and the fraternal delegates from other Conferences of Bishops (Australia, Canada, U.S.A, Spain and the Federation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Oceania), and FABC [...]

Jesuit priest to get award from Asian Bishops

MANILA, August 15, 2009—Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ will be given an award of recognition by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) for   services  rendered since its inception.
The ceremony will be held tomorrow, August 16, 2009, at the closing of the 9th Plenary Assembly of FABC currently being held at the Pope Pius XII Catholic [...]

Society needs ‘God-experienced’ persons: Indian archbishop

MANILA, August 15, 2009—Speaking before delegates of the 9th plenary assembly of Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB of Guwahati, India said today’s society need “God-experienced” persons, whose lives are deeply immersed in the Word and the Eucharist.
“They hold out hope. The future of human history depends on them,” the archbishop said.
The [...]

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