Category Voice of Asian Youth

Flood In Pakistan

By Ashiknaz Khokhar (Human Rights Activist)

Pakistan is facing massive flood due to moonsoon catastrophe since mid of June. More than 70% areas of Pakistan is affected with flood. Approximately 40 millions population affected by this flood and according to the data of National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan more than 1500 people died due to flood disaster. Womens, Children, Senior citizens and disabled people are mostly in the list who losses their lives. Huge number of livestocks died and hundreds of bridges destroyed. 2 million houses, Hundreds of hotels and more than 12735 KM roads destroyed. Four provinces of Pakistan (Punjab, Sindh, KPK and Balochistan) are badly damaged.

Prime Minister of Pakistan declared emergency in the country and call upon the international community for help Pakistan during this hard time. General Secretary of UNO visited Pakistan and told the international community that Pakistan is facing humanitarian crises and call upon all agencies to help Pakistan. He also said that this is just a start of destruction due to climate change if world is not taking proper measures this will expand on bigger level.

Pope Francis also appeal in His sermon that Pakistan is in need so we all should come forward to help brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Many NGOs and organizations are helping the flood victims to rescue them from the water and giving them safe place to stay. Unfortunately this destruction is on so big scale that people are not getting any shelter. 

In some of the areas water going down but there are now diseases taking place like diaheria, malayeria and skin diseases. There is also shortage of medicine and medical staff.  In recent weeks there are hundred of people get the snake bites and this mostly happening with kids. More than 47000 women’s are pregnant which are going to give birth in few days but there are not proper hospitals for them.

Fr. Zahid Augustine, parish priest of sacred heart church and In charge of Active Youth Group said that He never saw this kind of natural disaster before and he call upon pariahners to help the flood affectees. Ashiknaz Khokhar, executive Secretary of Active Youth Group holds fund raising camp in several areas and reaching to affectees areas with cook food, medicines and ration bags.*

Promoting Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue for Common Good: Challenges for Young Catholics in Indonesia

By Novita Sari

ALL Forum with Pemuda Katolik Indonesia have organized an Online Course with the theme “Promoting Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue for the Common Good: Challenges for Catholic Young People in Indonesian Context.” This online course was carried out for 4 meetings with topics including Extremism of young people, globalization and the role of the media, interfaith education and the last one being challenges and opportunities. The main speaker, Father JB. Heru Prakosa, SJ who is an advisor to the Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims under the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue, and two Muslim religious leaders were invited as responders.

The first week session opened with an explanation of the demographics of young people and the current conditions in Indonesia. We learnt that although Indonesia has a large population of youth, they have been vulnerable to all the events that have occurred here. Father Heru as the speaker gave reasons why extremism can occur, among others, because of 3 emptinesses, namely: emptiness of mind due to limitations in critical thinking, emptiness of the heart because of not being able to face existing differences, and an empty stomach due to social economic problems that make a person want to do anything for money.

Furthermore, in the second week, there was a theme discussing how globalization and the role of the media has contributed to fostering differences and created more spaces of conflict. Often people think that they themselves are God. This solely wrong and considers ‘Others’ as different from ‘Us’, and this gives rise to negative sentiments towards other groups. As youth, we are invited to be aware of this and be able to use the media as a means of reporting this misunderstanding.

The third week’s material was about interfaith education; where there were tips on how we should proceed- firstly from understanding our own contexts, then learning about differences among others and how we can evaluate what we have done. The fourth week, which was the last week, Father Heru explained the challenges and opportunities that can be utilized by young people in promoting interfaith dialogue.

The interesting thing about this online course was that speakers from outside the catholic religion also gave their views on the topic or theme in terms of personal experience or knowledge of their religion. This increased and further enriched my knowledge. Like the 3rd meeting with the speaker from the Muhammadiyah figure, Nugroho Noto Susanto, I came to know that they also learned from catholicism and applied it to their institutions whose results were good. This reassures me that whatever good deeds we do will definitely have benefits for others and it will be a bridge of humanity for those in need.

According to Kyai Ahmad Suaedy, who is a responder of Nahdlatul Ulama, nowadays people are religious to distinguish themselves from others, there is a change in religion, where previously to accept others now it is precisely to build identity. Differences are inevitable but we can learn. There is nothing wrong and nothing is in vain if we try to learn and understand the differences that exist because from this a sense of humanity can arise so as to reduce humanitarian conflicts with religious backgrounds that in recent times continue to occur in Indonesia.

The challenges for us are still many, even greater with today’s world that is increasingly not distant and very connected, due to the rapidly growing digital world. I see that the more the world has grown connected because of the growth of digital technology, the more distance it has created because hatred has easily grow and developed. Now, a lot of hatred actually arises from social media, attacking each other without caring about the sense of humanity that exists.

Father Heru advised that we must be able to filter all the information we get and also think critically, not only accepting or seeing in black and white, because this can be dangerous for us in seeing the differences that exist in this world. Dialogues and online courses such as those organized by ALL Forum must be carried out more often by inviting more diverse religions and cultures to create tolerance without judgment.*

My Insight of Moving School Indonesia 2022 and International Youth Day

By Yulius Yohanes Carlos Wawo

“Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” is the theme of International Youth Day which will be celebrated on August 12, 2022. The development of Youth in the world has always shown interesting things. Almost every incident in this world, Youth is involved in it.

In various fields, various professions as well as various issues in every country in the world, the Youth group plays an active role in it. Young people with their potential, namely having enthusiasm, having ambition, having energy and strong solidarity, are expected to be able to bring change to society.

As we know, the world today has various kinds of problems, plagued by various kinds of conflicts, and endless natural disasters. The theme of International Youth Day 2022 gives momentum for the Youth which is the glue of the generations, it is the Youth that becomes the unifier between nations, and the Youth that unites each group of different religions, tribes, languages and customs, to face every problem in this world.

Indonesia as one of the countries which has tribal, cultural, religious and racial diversity is one example that its youth can be a unifier of this diversity; to face issues in the fields of human rights, politics, gender equality, poverty, tolerance and numerous other things.

Last month, Asian Lay Leaders Forum held a program called Moving School in Indonesia July, 17th – 22nd July 2022. In my opinion, this program related with the theme of International Youth Day 2022. The participants came from different ethnicities, religious, racial and professional backgrounds, who then explored several issues related to Education, Democracy, Corruption and Diversity in Indonesia. We were also introduced to the principles of Synodality, which I interpreted as the principle of walking together, listening to each other and caring for each other.

Participating in Moving School Indonesia, was like entering the candradimuka crater to be buoyed with various kinds of knowledge and was an opportunity to communicate with other young people from different ethnicities, religions, races and customs. Likewise, “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” is an encouragement for youth in the world, especially Indonesia, to prepare themselves with various knowledge, training, and capacity building so that young people in the world and especially Indonesia can become mobilizers, unifiers and liaisons between generations in the world and are able to create solutions to all problems and conflicts that occur in the world so as to be able to create a world for all ages.

Personally, I am so grateful for the opportunity to take part in the Moving School Indonesia in 2022 organized by the Asian Lay Leaders Forum, hopefully program like this will continue to take place consistently so that many young people in the world, especially in Indonesia, become drivers and future leaders who are able to solve problems in this world.

My Recommendations for Minority Day in Pakistan

By Ashiknaz Khokhar, Human Rights Activist

Pakistan is about to complete 75 years of its existence, the government and citizens are also making arrangements to celebrate this day. Like every year, this year also there will be many programs on the media in which patriotism will be expressed through national songs. And again the question will arise that what was the purpose of creating Pakistan? What have we lost and found in these 75 years? Especially if we look at the under privileged sections of Pakistan, it will be easier to assess the journey of these 75 years.

In 2009, the Government of Pakistan declared 11th August as National Minority Day at the national level in honor of all the services and sacrifices of the minorities. The Minority Day was also commemorated to encourage the minorities living in Pakistan who worked tirelessly to make Pakistan strong and stable.

In the First Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, the Quaid-e-Azam had said that “You are free. You are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques and to go to any of your places of worship in the state of Pakistan.” For. You belong to any religion, caste or race. The state has nothing to do with it”.

The purpose of celebrating this day is to take care of the fundamental rights, protection of life and property, religious freedom and self-respect of the religious minorities living in Pakistan. At the same time, think about their unsolved problems and proceed towards their solution.

Minority Day in Pakistan/Image:www.ucanews.com

In these 75 years, where religious minorities have played a key role in progress Pakistan, we should not ignore their many problems. Religious minorities are victims of discrimination in Pakistan who are deprived of opportunities to advance in society because of their religious identity. On Minority Day, I would like to make some recommendations here which the Pakistan government needs to work on seriously:

  1. Introduce adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards to protect the rights, freedoms and interests of minorities. Include minorities in the national mainstream at all levels of governance and decision-making, with a special focus on minority women.
  2. Fully implement the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 19 June 2014 (Jeelani Judgment) without any delay.
  3. Raise public awareness of issues of concern, including in the public and private sectors, mobilize political will and resources to address all forms of religious discrimination, and strengthen the human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality.
  4. Ensure open, constructive and respectful discussion of ideas as well as inter-faith, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue at local and national levels to play a positive role in combating religious hatred, incitement and violence.
  5. Combat religious intolerance through the exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and fully respect the freedom to seek, receive and impart information.
  6. Take bold steps to introduce comprehensive anti-discrimination measures, legislation, policy and administrative measures to protect and promote the human rights of religious minorities, including minority women and girls who are often subjected to abduction, rape, forced conversion and marriage ( young age).
  7. Strongly discourage and condemn all incidents, statements and attitudes of religious intolerance at the government level.
  8. Ensure an accurate count of minorities during the population census.
  9. Implement The Ministry of Religious Minority through independent and independent legislation.*

Synodality in Our Daily Life

By: Sunita Hammed

I’m writing this article with great pleasure and also Thank you for this opportunity.  I am thankful to ALL Forum who encourage me to write this article.  “Synodality as a concept really just means collegiality.  The theme of the Synod is Communion, Participation, Mission.

Fundamentally, synodality is about journeying together. This happens through listening to one another in order to hear what God is saying to all of us. It is realizing that the Holy Spirit can speak through anyone to help us walk forward together on our journey as the People of God.

Synodality is not a model, according to which the Church could be organized; it is the expression of the Church’s existence and mission grounded in the mystery of the divine life. Synodality is a way of life for every one and through it we can listen to each other and can-do dialogue in a better way. Few values of the synodality we can adapt in our daily life are as follow:

Synodality – Images: synod.va

Synodal virtues: faith, hope, love

Faith: When our relationships express our faith, we will be committed to each other on the journey, no matter how long or what difficulties may occur. This is because our faith is not just faith in one another and in the sacramental structures of the Church, but it is faith in God who is present and guides everyone who is a member of the community of faith. Faith is the courage to persevere, keeping our minds, hearts and wills always focused on and open to God.

Hope: This is one of the great gifts of the Holy Spirit. It fills us with creativity and opens new possibilities. Hope always allows us to begin again. It is not afraid of failure but, because it is always open to the future, which is God’s gift, it has the power to learn from failure and to grow in understanding.

Love: Love, as St Paul reminds us, is the greatest of the Spirit’s gifts because God is Love (1 Cor 13). When we are loved, we experience consolation and, when we love, we are ministers of Christ, the Consoler. This love has the power to overcome all hatred.

They are not only the paths of synodality, they are the paths of Christian life and mission.  Synodality is an essential need of the time for our life, Church and society. May God bless us to move forward in synodality and peace.

SRI LANKA: Island Nation Paradise Rapidly Growing Hungry

By R. Pieris, Colombo

At the beginning of 2022, Sri Lanka was like any other nation in the South Asia region: inflation rates were higher than experts would like them to be, but stable politically, socially and economically. Our paradise of an island had many issues over the years, but people loved living here, after all, it is our home. But since April, all of Sri Lanka’s past mistakes, the wrong decisions, the ill-timed decisions, corruption of leaders, impact post COVID hit in full force as our nation uses the last of its foreign reserves which doesn’t even cover the cost of essential goods.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst ever economic crisis since gaining independence in 1948, and except for maybe 2-3% of our population, everyone suffers the consequences of fuel shortages, gas shortages, the prices of goods rising at least once a week, food shortages, electricity cuts, medicine shortages etc.

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The lack of finances to purchase imports directly results in a massive shortage of food, and also the prices increase due increases in fuel costs, electricity costs etc. Many people and many families have resorted to having two meals a day now, and some to one. Increasing number of patients dying because they could not find fuel, diesel or petrol or a vehicle with plenty fuel to get the patient to hospitals, especially newborns. Friends and relatives look for particular meds for someone they know, and by the time they get it, the patient has already passed away.

In terms of food in particular, Sri Lanka is forecasted to face a huge crisis because the harvest of the last season has dropped dramatically because of the infamous fertilizer mess up, but even at present, a lot of families more than half of the community struggle to make ends meet and cannot imagine prices going higher than this.

Students, especially most university students, struggle financially as they contemplate giving up their studies to provide for their family. They are faced with a harsh life choice since their daily budget has gone up more than three times the usual amount which they used to pay and hence they tend to cut down costs by cutting down meals etc. Organizations have turned to benefactors and sponsors to ask for money to give in scholarships to sustain students as much as they could.

Credit Image: The Indian Express

Just yesterday, a mother who stole a breadfruit from a tree and sold half to get half a kilo of rice for her child, was arrested. Crime, robberies, suicide and emotional distress rates have also gone up, as people are voicing their displeasure and discomfort in different forms as many of us feel that we’ve been robbed: of our futures, of having a comfortable and affordable life.

Through my own personal experience, food prices are 3 or more times above what it used to be at the beginning of this year, and bus fares are 6 times more than what they were back then. Most of the food items in stores are either empty or quite hefty in price. Communities in Sri Lanka are slowly going hungry and also will be facing long term consequences health wise for eating unbalanced diets resulting in malnutrition, and by eating less number of meals (which is quite common now) will result in starvation.

However, we as Sri Lankans between hardships will always stand strong, and we truly appreciate the genuine help we receive as a nation from the international community. This crisis has taught us to be more sensitive to everyone around us, to recognize their needs, even the unspoken ones. May Sri Lanka get to stand up strong on her feet again soon, and may God bless Lanka with his divine providence.

Sri Lanka Mourns for its Future

By Jayani Randima Marasingh

What’s the current Situation in Sri Lanka? Our country is in the midst of one of the worst economic and political crises ever seen. Our country has just defaulted on its foreign debts for the first time. The country’s 22 million people are facing crippling 12+ hour power cuts, and an extreme scarcity of food, fuel and other essential items such as medicines. Due to this the people of Sri Lanka had to wait in long queues to get their essentials such as fuel and gas.

Sometimes people who have been queuing for such a long time have received nothing; this caused a huge hindrance to the Education in Sri Lanka; shortages have scaled to such heights that examinations for examinations for millions of students in the country had to be postponed due to lack of paper and ink.

Credit Image: The Indian Times

Around five elderly people have died after collapsing in queues. Fuel shortages have led to long lines at petrol stations and rolling power cuts across much of the country. A serious shortage of diesel has shut multiple thermal power plants causing rolling power cuts across the nation. The sudden rise in prices of commodities has pushed up inflation to record levels. Job losses have become a common phenomenon in almost every household. Besides, fall in earning has led to rise in poverty.

The cost of living is rising day by day and the number of people who are unable to continue their lives is increasing daily. But I have never seen politicians in these queues; they have everything; They are rich. This is one of the major weaknesses of our country.

How Sri Lanka fell into its worst Economic Crisis?

The Rajapakse family and their supporters/backers were the main reason for why our country was soon plunged into such a crisis. In 2021, the Rajapaksa government, with the aim of moving toward 100% organic agriculture, chose to ban chemical fertilizers. This decimated farmers’ yields, more so in the rice and sugar sectors. In a bid to revitalize the economy, the government cut taxes.

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When the economy started dwindling, the Rajapaksa government not only resisted aid from neighboring countries but also held off talks with IMF (International Monetary Fund) and Rajapakses robbed innocent people’s money since 2004 and they showed no sympathy for the helpless people in Sri Lanka. Rajapakse’s chose violence. All the politicians who have ruled the country for 72 years should responsible for this bad situation in our country.

Protesters?

The Sri Lanka protests are a series of ongoing protests in Sri Lanka against the Government of Gotabaya Rajapakse. Protesters have taken to streets to show their anger and displeasure over the mismanagement of the economy by the government. The main demand of the protesters is that the government run by the Rajapakse regime immediately resign and paving the way for a completely new set of qualified democratic rulers.

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Protesters have commonly chanted slogans such as ‘Go home Gota’, ‘Go home Rajapakses’, ‘Give us our stolen money’, etc. These protesters have mainly been staged by the public, including teachers, school/university students, religious leaders, priests (the nuns and reverends stood in the frontline to prevent the police from attacking the peaceful protesters), doctors, social activists, sportsmen, engineers, farmers, IT professionals, artists, retired soldiers etc… without any direct political affiliation.

The young generation of our country has played a major part in carrying out protests at Go home Gota village (Gall Face Green). Sometimes these peaceful protesters were unlawfully arrested by police officers. These protesters have the right to demonstrate peacefully. This protest has become a rare sight of national unity with all communities in Sri Lanka. That’s the best thing. These protests are still ongoing island wide. These protests brought about some political changes, for example the resignation of the former Prime Minister, former Minister of Finance, etc. These protesters present their protest very peacefully and artistically.

No one knows when our country will be better off. Until then we are with the struggle.

Victory for the Struggle!

Overview of Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) and the work of Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan for the promotion of FABC in Pakistan.

By: Alishbah Javed Akhtar (Directress-MAP)

I am feeling great honor to write an article on Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC). I am very thankful to Fr. Emmanuel Asi, Chairperson, Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) who supported and guided me to write on FABC. Through this, I would like to share with the readers an overview of FABC and work of Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan for the promotion of FABC in Pakistan.

FOUNDATION

Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences was founded in December 1970, on the occasion of Pope Paul VI’s visit to Manila. The Asian Bishops came together for the first time. From that meeting flowed the desire to strengthen the collegiality among them and a need to define and articulate what it means to be ‘Church in Asia’ in the spirit of Vatican II. This gave birth to the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC).

MEMBERS

FABC has nineteen (19) Bishops’ Conferences from the following countries: Bangladesh,       India- CBCI, India – Syro-Malabar, India – Syro– Malankara, India – Latin Rite, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos-Cambodia , Malaysia- Singapore-Brunei, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan – ROC, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam.

FABC has eight (8) association members, namely: Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

STRUCTURE

FABC function through a hierarchy of structure consisting of Plenary Assembly, the central committee the Standing Committee and Central Secretariat

The Plenary Assembly

The supreme body of FABC, is composed of all president of member-conference of their officially designated episcopal alternates, Bishop-delegates elected by the member-conferences, associate members and members of Standing Committee. The Plenary Assembly meets in ordinary session every four years.

The Central Committee

Composed of the presidents of member-conferences or their officially designated episcopal alternates, oversees the implementations and instruction of Plenary Assembly. This committee meets every two years.

The Standing Committee

Composed of five Bishops elected from different parts of Asia, implements the resolutions and instructions of the Central Committee. It provides direct guidance and support to the Central Committee. It provides direct guidance and support to Central Secretariat and other organs of FABC.

The Central Secretariat

The Central Secretariat is the principal service agency and an instrument of coordination within the FABC and with outside offices and agencies. To assist the Central Secretariat are the following Offices each handling specialized ministry / area of concern: Office of Human Development, Office of Social Communication, Office of Laity and Family, Office of Theological Concerns, Office of Education and Faith Formation, Office of Educational and Interreligious Affaires, Office of Evangelization, Office of Clergy, and Office of Consecrated life.

The Central Secretariat is the principal service agency of FABC and an instrument of co-ordination both within FABC and with outside offices and agencies.

The Functions of the Central Secretariat will include the following:

  • To serve an organ of continuing contact and collaboration among the member conferences;
  • To be an organ of exchange of information and experience;
  • To promote studies and research on problems common to member conferences, especially in the fields of evangelization, cultural, adaptation, justice and peace, and other aspects of total human developments;
  • To establish Liason with related pontifical organizations and international studies;
  • To sponsor conferences, consultation and seminars on relevant issues;
  • To sponsor dialogue with other Christians, followers of the great religions of Asia, and of all men and women of good will, in pursuance of mutual understanding and truth vis-à-vis the common problem of Asia.

FABC IMPORTANT INSTITUTES

BISA : Bishops Institute for Social Action

BILA: Bishops Institute for Lay Apostolate

BIMA : Bishops Institute for Missionary Apostolate

BIRA : Bishops Institute for Interreligious Affairs

Theological Advisory Commission (TAC)

Office of Theological Concern (OTC)

PLENARY ASSEMBLIES

FABC Evangelization in Modern Day Asia (Threefold Dialogue), in 1974 at Taipei, Taiwan.

FABC Prayer – The Life of the Church of Asia, in 1978 at Calcutta, India.

FABC The Church– The Community of Faith in Asia, in 1982 at Samphran, Thailand.

FABC The Vocation and Mission of Laity in the Church and in the World of Asia, in 1986 at Tokyo, Japan.

FABC The Emerging Challenges to the Church in Asia in the 1990s: A call to Respond, A New Way of Being Church, in 1990 at Bandung, Indonesia.

FABC (25 Anniversary) Christian Discipleship in Asia Today: Service to Life (Five Pastoral Priorities: Family, Women and Girl, Youth, Ecology, Displaced Persons) in 1995 at Manila, Philippines.

FABC A Renewed Church in Asia: Mission of Love and Service, in 2000 at Samphran, Thailand.

FABC The Asian Family Toward a Culture of Integral Life, in 2004 at Daejeon, S. Korea.

FABC Living the Eucharist in Asia, in 2009 at Manila, Philippines.

FABC at Fort Years: Responding to the Challenges of Asia– A New Evangelization Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

FABC The Catholic Family in Asia: Domestic Church of the Poor on a Mission of Mercy, in 2016 at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

FABC 50 Journeying Together as people of Asia “And they went a different way” (Mt 2:12).

FUNCTIONS OF FABC

The functions of FABC shall be:

  • To study ways and means of promoting the apostolate, especially in the light of Vatican II and post-conciliar official documents, according to the needs of Asia.
  • To work for end to intensify the dynamic presence of the Church in total development of the peoples of Asia.
  • To help in the study of problems of common interest to the Church in Asia and to investigate possibilities of solutions and coordinated action.
  • To promote inter-communication and cooperation among local Churches and bishops of Asia.
  • To render service to episcopal conferences of Asia in order to help them meet better the of people of God.
  • To foster a more ordered development of organization and movements in the Church at the international level.
  • To foster ecumenical and interreligious communication and collaboration.

MAJOR THEMES

Non-doctrinal character. These are concerns, orientations and guidelines. These are sharing of experiences and learning process, awareness. The major emphasis is on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the Churches in Asia. The major themes are Mission, Ministries, Dialogue, Communion and Evangelization.

MINISTRY AND MINISTRIES

  • Ministries demanded by the earthly realities and demands of Mission in Asia
  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Charism
  • Services and Ministries
  • Ministries of Lay People (13)
  • Formation for Ministries of Lay People
  • Increasing involvement of Lay People (Women, Youth…etc.) in the Church
  • Formation: Priests, Seminaries, Religious
  • On-Going Formation and Renewal
  • Consecrated Life in the Church of Con temporary Asia

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

The Local Church

Focus of Evangelization in Asia today is The Building up of the Local Church

The Local Church must be Incarnate, Indigenous, A Church of the people.

Laity the “Marginalized Majority in the Church

The Role of Women in the Church

Youth- The Struggle for life

A liberative way of being Church in Asia

Integral Human Development

Signs of hope in our Communities in Asia

Signs of presence of the Spirit and renewed power of the Word of God

Participation and Co-Responsibility (Collegiality) as Principle

MEDIA AND MASS COMMUNICATION

Proclamation of the Gospel in Asia

BASIC THEOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS

a. The Universality of Grace

b. The Jesus of the Gospel and the Cosmic Christ

c. The Final Stage of the History of Salvation is now underway

d. The “relatively” of the Church

PUBLICATION

FABC publications are suitable for pastoral workers but also researchers who would like to know FABC’s stances on issues pertaining to religion, faith, cultures, and societies in Asia.

This listing has nine sections:

  • FABC in general
  • Social Communication
  • Evangelization
  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Human Development (Justice of Peace)
  • Laity and Family
  • Education and Faith Formation
  • Theological Concerns
  • Clergy

FABC also publishes FABC PAPERS to bring to wider audience critical analyses of problems facing the Church in Asia.

Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) is a fruit of FABC and working in Pakistan since 1989 for the empowerment of Laity. Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) is peoples’ forum for contextual Theologies in Pakistan. Since its birth in February 1989, Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) has been committed to empower laity in the Church by providing them training and opportunities for appropriate theological formation through seminars, consultations, training programs, and workshops.

Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) also publishes books in Urdu (the national language of Pakistan) around the Themes of Third World Contextual Theologies, local spiritualities, history and culture, social teachings of the church and global human issues.

Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan’s (MAP) publications also include Pakistani reflection on struggle for liberation, reports of seminars and consultations organized by Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), Asian Theological Conferences (ATC), Federation of Asia Bishops (FABC) and Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP).

Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) follows and inspired by the teachings of Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences and Vatican Council II. MAP has keen interest to introduce church teachings to the lay person. It gives them voice to think about the church perspective in broader way.

Revisiting Teachings of Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conferences (FABC)

Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) launched a four years (2018-2021) program a series of seminar in different catholic dioceses of Pakistan. The following heads covers the required topics for seminars in different diocese. The FABC papers introduced by Clergy, lay women and men. Solemn opening was held at Theological Institute for Laity by Archbishop Joseph Arshad.

Dioceses Dates

Solemn Inauguration-At TIL, Sadhoki 19-21 April,2018

Archdiocese of Karachi 22-26 August,2018

Diocese of Quetta 22-26 May,2019

Diocese of Hyderabad 07-11 November, 2019

Diocese of Faisalabad 23-27 April,2020

Diocese of Multan 05-90 November,2020

Archdiocese of Lahore 22-27 April,2021

Diocese of Rawalpindi-Islamabad 23-27 September,2021

Solemn Closing-at TIL, Sadhoke 11-14 November,2021

 

Following topics were discussed during four years project:

  • Theological Concerns (Christology, Ecclesiology)
  • Evangelization and Mission
  • Education and Faith formation
  • Inter Religious Dialogue
  • Laity and Family
  • Human Development (Justice and Peace Issues
  • Social Communication

MAP celebrated Golden Jubilee of Vatican Council II 1962-2012. It was a four years project for seven dioceses of Pakistan.

MAP is one of the institutes in Pakistan who is working to introduce teachings of Vatican council II and documents of FABC in Pakistan. MAP has a plan to celebrate 60 year (1962-2022) of Vatican Council II in October,2022 at Theological Institute for Laity.

ALL Forum and MAP both are working for the empowerment of Laity and working in collaboration since many years. May God bless both institutes for their fruitful journey for the empowerment of laity.

Multilateralism Diplomacy For Peace in the World

By Niru Maya Tamng

The process of bringing together more than two nations or parties in obtaining diplomatic solutions to transnational problems is known as multilateral diplomacy. Following the destruction of World War II, the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 with a single mission: to maintain worldwide peace and security. However, conflict prevention remains a little-known part of the UN’s mission. Meanwhile, the most efficient and desirable use of diplomacy is to reduce tensions before they become a source of conflict, or, if conflict does occur, to move quickly to limit it and resolve its root causes. By resolving United Nations resolution A/RES/73/127 on December 12, 2018, the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was established and marked on April 24, 2019, as “a means to promote the values of the United Nations and to reaffirm the faith of our peoples in the purposes and principles enshrined in its Charter, to reaffirm the importance and relevance of multilateralism and international law and to advance the common goal of lasting and sustained peace through diplomacy” (United Nation, 2022).

The UN set aside the day to underscore the importance of the UN Charter in resolving conflicts peacefully. On this day, the United Nations reaffirmed its Charter and ideals by revising the norms and practices that nations adopt to address the ever-increasing issues of isolation and safety (Hadjikoumis, 2021). On an international day like this, the most important message is that we must honor our commitments. But in the past few months, we have witnessed how humanity is vanishing due to the war and conflict between various nations such as the Taliban’s invasion of Afghanistan and Russia over Ukraine. This current geopolitical crisis comes on top of other major global crises like climate change and the ongoing COVID pandemic, as well as a slew of other threats such as biodiversity loss, financial instability, water, energy, and food insecurity, digital disruption and manipulation, and much more. In such situations, the UN has not supported the victim parties with military aid but instead helped the effect civilians and refugees to evacuate and place them in different developed counties by providing aid and benefits to them. However, though the UN may provide them with a safe and comfy place to stay, the civilians have lost their home country forever, which is more miserable.

Multilateralism DiplomacyIn conclusion, we may have seen the UN is silent in case of war between different nations but in reality, it does not want to make more losses by involving in the dispute between two nations with military force instead it has tried to prevent it in many ways. If the war occurs, then it has helped the refugees and civilians to have a better and safe place to live. Therefore this day “International day of multilateralism democracy for Peace” has many scopes and plays an important role in making the world a place with less dispute and conflicts.

Gender Equality Today for a Sustanaible Tomorrow

By By Ashiknaz Khokhar

International Women’s Day (IWD) was first celebrated in 1975 by UNO. Historically this idea was proposed in 1910 by a lady Clara Zetkin, when she was addressing an international women’s conference in Copenhagen where 100 women from 17 countries unanimously agreed to her proposal. It was a time when women were getting the right to vote. At that time they raised their voice for shorter work hours and for better salaries.

Every year, United Nations chooses the theme to celebrate Women’s Day and they focus on that specific theme to work throughout the year ahead. This year, the United Nations’ theme for IWD is ‘Gender Equality today for a Sustainable tomorrow’. The theme recognizes the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all.

This day is globally celebrated for women where we observe organizations and governments making efforts for gender equality by encouraging partcipation of women in politics, economics and therefore strengthing our cultures. The total population of females in the world is around 3.905 billion which is accounts to 49.58% of the total world population according to the statistics of World Times.

As the world is becoming a global village an