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Lay People in the Asian Church

A Critical Study of the Theology of the Laity in the Documents of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences with Special Reference to John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation «Ecclesia in Asia» and the Pastoral Letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conf

Peter Nguyen Van Hai

This book investigates the role of the laity in the Asian Church. Lay people have three responsibilities: proclaiming the Gospel, be a witness of life, and the triple dialogue with the cultures, the religions, and the poor. Focusing on the triple dialogue, the bishops of Asia have offered fresh ideas to address three global trends in society: the revolution in communications technologies which blurs the cultures; the conflicts between followers of different religions; and the advance of globalisation which leaves in its aftermath the poverty of the masses.

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Image: Phat Diem Cathedral in Vietnam, built from 1875 to 1898, an architectural inculturation of Christianity in the Asian context. Photograph courtesy of the Diocese of Phat Diem. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hai, Peter Nguyen Van, 1952- author. Lay people in the Asian church : a critical study of the theology of the laity in the documents of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences with special reference to John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Asia and the pastoral letters of the Vietnamese Episcopal Conference / Peter Nguyen Van Hai. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Laity–Asia. 2. Christianity–Asia. 3. Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. I. Title. BV687.H26 2015 262'.1525–dc23 2015023482 ISBN 978-3-631-66612-8 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05941-0 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/ 978-3-653-05941-0 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2015 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main ∙ Bern ∙ Bruxelles ∙ New York ∙ Oxford ∙ Warszawa ∙ Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This publication has been peer reviewed. www.peterlang.com

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