The “Asian Communication Conference” scheduled in November will tackle the “Synodal Church” and the “New Way of Being a Communicating Church in Asia.”
This was announced by the Office of Social Communication of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences over the weekend.
The gathering of Asian Catholic communicators on November 18-19 will explore different dimensions of the “Synodal Church” based on the understanding of the “New Way of Being a Communicating Church in Asia,” read the announcement.
Asian bishops have affirmed as early as 1997 that the Church is “a communion of communities, participatory, witnessing and dialogic, as well as prophetic.”
The Church leaders affirmed the communicating Church’s “rootedness in the life of the Holy Trinity” as well as the “animation the gifts of the Holy Spirit breathe” into her ministry.
The phrase “A New Way of Being Church” was first coined at the fifth plenary assembly of the FABC in Bandung, Indonesia.
Participants in the meeting envisioned a Church that is concerned with the world. She “lives and dialogues,” said the bishops, amid the “joys and hopes, fears as well as anxieties” of multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural Asia.
The November gathering hopes to revisit those visions and connect them with Pope Francis’ call for a synodal Church, whose members “journey together” or “encounter, listen, and discern” along a common path.
Among the invited speakers during the meeting are Natasa Govekar of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, Sister Angela Ann Zukowski of the Institute of Pastoral Initiatives of the University of Dayton in Ohio, Michael Unland of the Catholic Media Council in Germany, and Jessica Joy Candelario of Bukal ng Tipan Mission Spirituality Center in the Philippines.