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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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A Ad Gentes 6, 26, 28, 109, 113, 138, 145, 148, 157–158, 210, 215, 244 Apostolate of the Laity 1–2, 112, 257 Apostolicam Actuositatem 1–2, 25–28, 109, 112–113, 164, 174, 256 Asian Bishops’ Meeting 4–5, 53, 55, 76, 81, 161 Asian Colloquium on Ministries in the Church 58, 80, 89, 98, 127–130, 144, 155 Asian context 46, 52, 56–57, 65, 72, 82, 84, 87–89, 98, 122–123, 134–135, 144, 150, 153, 158, 163, 168, 177, 182, 184, 191, 229, 233 Asian cultures 63, 65, 70, 72, 158, 185, 188 Asian family 11, 53, 92, 101 Asian Integral Pastoral Approach 13, 63–65, 77, 83, 104 Asian Synod 14, 53, 168–170, 173, 176, 180, 183, 185–186, 191, 197, 212, 222 B basic ecclesial communities 13, 32, 34, 65, 77, 98, 100, 104, 107, 110, 122, 128, 139, 146, 149–151, 153, 156, 158, 162–164, 237, 250, 257 Benedict XVI 219, 230, 232, 249 Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate 5, 101, 103 C call to holiness 31, 84, 201, 222, 224, 226, 236–237 Catholic social teaching 235, 240 Challenges of Asia 4, 59, 90, 97 charisms 89, 103, 112, 119, 124, 127–128, 135, 144, 167, 174, 246, 252, 256 Christifideles Laici 16, 38, 164–167, 174, 177, 179–180, 192, 225–227, 230, 233, 236–237, 242, 247 Christological 1, 85, 115, 124, 156, 163, 166, 172, 179, 193, 199, 204, 223, 232, 237, 257 Church and...

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