A Press Release Report On Asia-Oceania Biblical Congress in Thailand

Asia-Oceania Biblical Congress held in Thailand,

extending biblical ministry with focus on Church of China

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) and the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) jointly organized the Fifth Asia-Oceania Biblical Cognress and the Third Bishops’ Institute for the Biblical Apostolate with the theme “With the Word of Life on the Roads of Asia-Oceania” from 4 to 8 November, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand.

Some 100 servants of the Word, including 9 bishops, from over 20 countries gathered to collectively reflect on the Word of God Final Message and the 55 Propositions. Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to the Congress, praying that “the word of God may spread rapidly and be glorified” (2 Thess. 3:1) and the treasure of revelation, entrusted to the Church, may more and more fill the hearts of men (Dei Verbum 26).

Chairman of the FABC-Office of Evangelization, Archbishop T. Menamparampil gave an inaugural talk on “Sharing the Word of Life in Asia and Oceania: In Dialogue with Cultures”. He highlighted that the evangelizing mission of the Church is to answer the hunger and famine for hearing the word of the Lord (Amos 8:11). In his keynote address, Bishop P. V. S. David, Asia-Oceania Representative of the Executive Committee of the Catholic Biblical Federation, based on the Story of Emmaus to chain up the four stages of the biblical journey: “Voice”, “Face”, “House” and “Roads” of the Word and presented the approaches for new evangelization for the Church of Asia-Oceania.

Extending support to the biblical pastoral ministry in China is a service priority for the CBF. At the Congress, two priests from the Diocese of Zhaoxian, Hebei and the Diocese of Lanzhou, Gansu presented sharings on “Communication Theology and Biblical Pastoral Ministry” and “Biblical Pastoral Ministry in China: Opportunities and Challenges”.

Cecilia Chui, North East Asia Subregional Coordinator of CBF, presented a review and outlook on “China Priority and Regionalization of the Catholic Biblical Federation”. Other topics addressed for exchange at the Congress included social issues, liturgy, biblical formation, eco-spirituality, spiritual reading of the Bible, youth and building small Christian communities.

The 5th FABC-CBF Asia Oceania Biblical Congress opened with a solemn biblical enthronement ceremony.

Good News From: Chinese Catholic Weekly Kung Kao Po

“Verbum Domini” Full Text in English Now Available

CBF-SEA Celebrates the Coming Out of

“Verbum Domini”


“The Word of the Lord Abides Forever”

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 12, 2010. Zenit.org. recently published in the web the full text of Benedict XVI’s postsynodal apostolic exhortation “Verbum Domini,” which was presented Thursday (November 11) in the Vatican. The document, which is dated Sept. 30, draws from the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, held Oct. 5-26, 2008. The assembly reflected on the theme “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” Kindly click the picture of the Pattaya Congress below for the full text:



9th United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association Congress

11-15 November, 2010

Cecilia Chui

Cecilia Chui the secretary of UCCBA disclosed that the Chinese-speaking biblical scholars from Asia, Europe and Australia will meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting today November 11 until November 15 to reflect on recommendations from the 2008 Synod of Bishops on the Word of God. This Ninth United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association (UCCBA) Congress is expected to bring together 120 scholars and those working in the bible ministry from 15 countries.

The Congress will focus on the theme Living out the Word to Spread God’s Kingdom,” this gathering marks the 20th anniversary of UCCBA, which was founded in 1990 as a worldwide union of Chinese Catholic Bible groups.  It also marks the 45th anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council documents Dei Verbum (The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation) and Apostolicam Actuositatem, (The Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity) of the Second Vatican Council.

Participants will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of the canonization of 120 Chinese martyr saints and will pray for the beatification cause of Franciscan Father Gabriel Maria Allegra (1907-1976), Father Allegra pioneered the Chinese translation of the Catholic Bible through the foundation of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in 1945.

Fr. Ludger Feldkaemper,SVD

Speakers will include Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun from Hong Kong, Archbishop John Ha of Kuching from Malaysia. Biblical scholars Jesuit Father Mark Fang from Taiwan and Divine Word Father Ludger Feldkämper, SVD from Germany, former general secretary of the Catholic Biblical Federation, will also address the gathering. The Word event aims to facilitate experiential exchanges, mutual learning and collaboration in the ministry of the Word. It is hoped that the UCCBA would extend its network to more Chinese communities worldwide.

The UCCBA is an associate member of the Catholic Biblical Federation, a world fellowship of international and local organizations committed to the biblical-pastoral ministry.  The 5th FABC-CBF Asia Oceania Biblical Congress with the Third Bishops’ Institute for the Biblical Apostolate just successfully concluded the Congress in Pattaya, Thailand.

The last UCCBA congress was held in Macau in 2007. The Catholic Biblical Federation of Southeast Asia headed by Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto, OSU together with all its members and collaborators join the 9th UCCBA Congress in spirit and in prayer. The Word of God is truly alive in Southeast Asia hosting the said Word event!





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The FABC Office of Evangelization in collaboration with the members of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) will commence today the  Asian Word-event:


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with the Theme: “Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”

Dates: November 4-8, 2010

Venue: The Redemptorist Center, Pattaya, Thailand

Inaugural Address: His Excellency Most. Rev. Nikola Eterovic’ the General Secretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican)

Pre-registered paticipants, guests and staff reached at 107  from 18 countries of Asia-Oceania

1.       Northeast Asia: Hong Kong (2); Macau (1); China (8); Taiwan (1); Korea (17)

2.       Southeast Asia: Philippines (16); Vietnam (5); Indonesia (7); Thailand (8); Malaysia (1); Singapore (1); Myanmar (5)

3.       South Asia: Pakistan (2); Sri Lanka (2); India (13); Nepal (1); Papua New Guinea (1); Samoa (2); Australia (1)

4.       Resource Persons, Guests, Staff, Volunteers (13)

The logo design visualizes that the 4 subregions of Asia-Oceania (applying 4 different colours used in the CBF logo), covering the diversity of men and women of different walks of life plus different cultures are walking hand in hand together on the “Roads of the Word”. This is the image of the last phase of “Mission”. The globe shows the world of Asia-Oceania with the cross on our map. The theme is expressed in two parts: (1) “With the Word of Life” in blue to match with the Open Bible; and (2) “On the Roads of Asia-Oceania” in black wordings. The two parts are linked together as a circle by a red cross on each side. On the whole, the logo conveys the message that we are united to contextually fulfill our God-commissioned biblical pastoral ministry. It is also indicating our ongoing journey with the Word in the spirit and consolidation of “regionalization”. This could be our CBF-Asia Oceania logo as we continue to develop our regional federation.

We pray for the fruitful outcomes of our Pattaya Congress.

The Word may run and be glorified evermore in Asia-Oceania!