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Dec. 5, 2016

Taize prayer nourished Asian Bishops’ meet
An ecumenical form of worship, Taize has become a vital component of the plenary assemblies of the FABC for the past 16 years. Brother Ghislain Mazure introduced it in 1990. According to him, the prayer helps the bishops to show their “deep desire to serve and care people. It is a beautiful sign of communion.”

Help Families Discover Christ: Cardinal Alencherry
“We all need to find Christ in ourselves and to help others discover Him in the lives of our families and peoples – that is evangelization”, the 71-year-old Cardinal told the participants of the FABC.

Asia’s Youngest, Struggling Church at FABC Plenary
With a little over 1000 baptized Catholics, six parishes and a Bishop’s house, the Mongolian Catholic community is trying to make its presence felt in the country.

Pakistan Church wrestles with persecution, discrimination
“In Pakistan, the Christian community is a minority and often discriminated in different fields of life”, says Bishop Benny Travas. He also observed that several Christian girls in Pakistan are abducted, forcibly converted to Islam and married against their will. The only way to unite Catholics in their faith, according to him, is to draw them to the Eucharist.

Before it came to a close, the main points of the assembly were driven home:
Cardinal Ranjith: “Family Apostolate Core to Church” -
Cardinal Filoni: Instill Passion for Jesus in Families -

Asian Bishops end plenary by consecrating families to Holy Family of Nazareth
The consecration prayer was read at a Mass celebrated by FABC president Cardinal Oswald Gracias on December 4. More than 3000 people attended the Mass.

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