Following the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral in Mindanao, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines condemn violent extremism. They urge peace-loving Christians, Muslims and Indigenous peoples to join hands.
Asia Pacific Teachings
Asia Pacific Teachings on Social Justice
The Bishops of the Asia Pacific region share responsibility for teaching about social justice issues with the Pope. They make a unique contribution to Catholic Social Teaching but their teachings are not generally as well known as those of the Pope or the Bishops of major English speaking countries. Here you can find Asia Pacific teachings by individual Bishops, Bishops Conferences from the Asia Pacific region, and from the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC).
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There are sub-categories for the FABC, East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia and the Pacific. These are then broken down further into countries.
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The posts have links to the full text of the teachings. Many include some discussion or commentary. We also offer CST reflection quotes with questions for reflection and discussion.
The rising cost of living and slow wages growth in Australia are combining to put pressure on many household budgets. Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen, Chair of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council expresses concern especially for low paid workers and families living in poverty. In his pastoral letter for… Read More »Just Wages Call on Feast of St Joseph the Worker
“Why should the Australian Government be frightened if New Zealand chooses to act with compassion?” The Catholic Diocese of Auckland Justice and Peace Commission ask the Australian Government to let New Zealand resettle asylum seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Labelling the living conditions of the detainees a “violation… Read More »New Zealand’s Compassion for Manus Asylum Seekers
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Manus Island following the closure of the Australian funded immigration detention centre on 31 October 2017. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen is the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference spokesperson on asylum seekers and refugees. He made the following statement on 3 November. Bishop Long’s Statement… Read More »Manus Island Detainees Australia’s Responsibility says Bishop
Pacific Bishops meeting in Auckland in August 2017 declared: “As Bishops of the Pacific, the place of the sea in the lives of the peoples we serve was a central focus of our meeting. Our common ocean is teeming with life and goodness. For many of our peoples the sea… Read More »Pacific Bishops Focus on Sea
Cardinal John Ribat says that climate change is an urgent issue for the people of Papua New Guinea, and the whole of the Pacific. Cardinal Ribat drove his point home saying that the issue is a more urgent than discussing Amoris Laetitia. While there will be time to talk about… Read More »We Have to Talk About Climate Change – Cardinal Ribat