FABC Plenary Assembly

Date Published: 19 Dec, 2012

The Federation of Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) held its X Plenary Assembly with the theme ‘FABC at Forty Years: Responding to the Challenges of Asia’ on December 10 – 16, 2012 in Xuan Loc and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. These gatherings are held every four years in different countries of Asia. Altogether 111 delegates (7 Cardinals, 69 Bishops, 35 priests, religious and laity) participated in the Assembly. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, the Holy Father’s Special Envoy; Archbishop Savio Han Tai Fai SDB, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, the non-resident Pontifical representative of Vietnam; fraternal delegates of the continental Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Oceania; Latin America and Europe; representatives of a few funding and donor partners; the Bishops and Secretaries of the FABC Offices; and invited guests. Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario CSC, Bishop Bejoy D’Cruze OMI and Bishop Sebastian Tudu attended the Plenary Assembly on behalf of CBCB.



The historic approval of the Statutes of the FABC came into being 40 years ago. Four important events converge with the ruby anniversary: the Year of Faith, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the just concluded XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.



The same Spirit animated Vatican II now summon us to become renewed evangelizers for a New Evangelization. It is the Spirit who can fashion this newness in our Church and in each one of us. It is the Spirit who enables to respond credibly and effectively to the social mega-trends and ecclesial realities that Assembly discerned.



To be renewed as evangelizers it is needed to respond to the Spirit active in the world, in the depths of our being, in the signs of the times and in all that is authentically human. We need to live a spirituality of New Evangelization.



For such spirituality, some fundamental dimensions were offered:


(1) Personal encounter with Jesus Christ; (2) Passion for mission; (3) Focus on the Kingdom of God; (4) Commitment to communion; (5) Dialogue, a mode of life and mission; (6) Humble presence; (7) Prophetic evangelizer; (8) Solidarity with victims; (9) Care of creation; (10) Boldness of faith and martyrdom.