"Proclaiming Jesus Christ in Asia Today"
The theme of the Congress that opened yesterday in Seoul, reportted on in these stories — Lay Catholics, a "creative minority" for Asia and Pope's message to Congress of lay Catholics in Asia. From Bernardo Cervellera's report:
- About 400 lay people from 20 countries in Asia (excluding Middle East) gathered in an ultra-modern conference hall, flanking the Myongdong Cathedral: faithful from the young churches of Central Asia and Mongolia, the older Churches of India or Korea; the poor Churches such as Nepal and Pakistan, the modern and wealthy churches, such as that of Japan.
The only communities that have not responded to the Pontifical Council’s invitation are those of mainland China (but there are some from Hong Kong and Taiwan), Cambodia and Bangladesh, and of course North Korea, oppressed by a ruthless dictatorship.