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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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ABM Asian Bishops’ Meeting ACMC Asian Colloquium on Ministries in the Church AMCU Asian Movement for Christian Unity AsIPA Asian Integral Pastoral Approach BECs Basic Ecclesial Communities BIBA Bishops’ Institute for Biblical Apostolate BILA Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate BIMA Bishops’ Institute for Missionary Apostolate BIRA Bishops’ Institute for Interreligious Affairs BISCOM Bishops’ Institute for Social Communication BISA Bishops’ Institute for Social Action FABC Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences FABC I Statement of the First Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC II Statement of the Second Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC III Statement of the Third Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC IV Statement of the Fourth Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC V Statement of the Fifth Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC VI Statement of the Sixth Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC VII Statement of the Seventh Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC VIII Statement of the Eighth Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC IX Statement of the Ninth Plenary Assembly of the FABC FABC X Statement of the Tenth Plenary Assembly of the FABC FAPA Vol� 1 For All the Peoples of Asia, vol� 1 FAPA Vol� 2 For All the Peoples of Asia, vol� 2 FAPA Vol� 3 For All the Peoples of Asia, vol� 3 FAPA Vol� 4 For All the Peoples of Asia, vol� 4 FAPA Vol� 5 For All the Peoples of Asia, vol� 5 FIRA Formation Institute for Interreligious Affairs OC Office of Clergy OCL Office of Consecrated Life OE...

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