At the closing mass of the Congress, Cardinal Sepe highlighted one of the fundamental themes of mission, somewhat neglected in these days: the martyr. Hundreds of newly converted tribal people participated in the celebration, which ended with a missionary mandate bestowed upon all representatives of Asian Catholic communities.
The third day of the Congress focused on the impact of faith on culture, economy and social problems. But attention was taken up by tonight, for the celebration of "diversity of cultures" with songs and dances from each nation.
The second day of the congress has been dedicated to testimonies and dialogue with Asian religions. Models upheld were: John Paul II Francis Xavier, John of Montecorvino, Matthew Ricci, and Robert de Nobili. Some converts shared their testimony.
The finishing touches for the big meeting in Chiang Mai are in place. The final programme has been launched, with celebrations, testimonies and dances. It will be possible to follow the Congress via Internet from around the world. We publish the preparatory prayer.