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Asian Mission Congress: martyrdom, mission, mandate of the Cross

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.

Asian Mission Congress: transforming Asian cultures with daily faith

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.

Vietnamese Church: after the period of persecution comes the time of "maturity"
A delegation from Vietnam arrives in Thailand for the Asian Mission Congress. It tells the "story of Jesus" in the socialist country.
Asian Mission Congress: Leaving ghettos, Christians in dialogue with other religions

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.

Asian Mission Congress: Asia Catholics open to the world
Asian Churches might be in the "minority", but they are growing through conversions and vocations. In the near future they will be tasked to take the mission to the whole world. There is an "Asian Way" to mission. The Christian faith must be communicated with "pride" and respect," bearing witness" and not through "concepts".
Mission Congress in Chiang Mai: the small flock bears witness that "Jesus is Asian"
Faced with persecution and obstacles, the Church does not seek confrontation; instead, it experiences the enthusiasm that comes from bearing witness. Pope sends gifts to Asian Mission Congress.
Asian Mission Congress: the "courage" to witness Christ in Pakistan
The meeting will open tomorrow in Chang Mai. Pakistani delegates will talk about how difficult the mission is in a Muslim country standing by the marginalised of every faith. "Christians are steadfast in their faith," says bishop of Lahore.
Thailand to host Asian Mission Congress
Catholics and Buddhists welcome about 1,000 "Vatican" delegates ". Cardinal Sepe will meet the king. No sign of any Chinese delegation so far. Middle Eastern Churches are also absent.
Asian Mission Congress: programme and prayer

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.