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Wars do not benefit anyone! Appeal for Prayer and Fasting for Peace and Justice – 2 March 2022 

Like you, the Catholic church in this region is deeply concerned over the war in Ukraine and its impact on global peace and justice, affecting the lives of peoples everywhere. The history and causes of war may be complex, but wars in the long term do not benefit anyone, including us. On the contrary, it only brings destruction and leaves a trail of immense suffering and displacements. Therefore, we join the chorus of Christian churches and leaders across Asia, together with all people of Faith and Goodwill, in humbly appealing for peace and justice.


Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST)




Statement by His Eminence Charles Cardinal Bo, President of FABC
Concerning His Eminence Cardinal Joseph ZEN SDB
14 May 2022

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As President of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, and following the arrest on 11 May of my brother Cardinal and fellow Salesian, Cardinal Joseph Zen, I wish to express my profound concern about the situation for human rights and threats to religious freedom in Hong Kong. I call on Catholics and the wider Christian community around the world to pray for Hong Kong, and I urge the international community to continue to monitor the situation and speak out for freedom and justice.


Suggestions for Dioceses and Episcopal Conferences on the preparation of the synthesis

Synod 2021 – 2023 For a Synodal Church:
Communion, Participation and Mission

This document is intended primarily to support the Episcopal Conferences/Synods of the Churches sui iuris in the elaboration of their synthesis, but it could also be useful to the facilitators of the synodal process within each local Church, at the level of individual dioceses/parishes, parishes, grassroots communities, associations and movements, and spontaneous groups. Each local reality is invited to creatively adapt it to its own context.


“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest,
if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity,
let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10)


The Vatican has extended the period during which the faithful may gain a plenary indulgence for prayers for the deceased. Because of the Covid epidemic, the Apostolic Penitentiary announced on October 28 that the indulgences—usually granted during the first eight days of November—would be available throughout the month.

The plenary indulgence is available, under the usual conditions, for those who visit a cemetery to pray for the deceased. A second indulgence for commemorating the feast of All Souls on November 2 now available throughout the month.