Pope appoints Tagle envoy to Bangkok meeting of Asian bishops – Manila Bulletin

Pope appoints Tagle envoy to Asian bishops meeting in Bangkok

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has been appointed Pope Francis’ special envoy to the upcoming and largest gathering of Asian bishops in Thailand’s capital Bangkok.

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. (FILE PHOTO/VATICAN MEDIA)

CBCP News said the Pope appointed Tagle on Saturday, citing Vatican Bulletin.

The Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery of Evangelization will preside at the closing Mass of the 50th General Conference of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences on October 30 at the Ascension Cathedral.

The meeting of Asian bishops begins on October 12 and will take place at the Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Bangkok.

This year’s conference theme is “FABC 50: Traveling together as the peoples of Asia…and they went a different way” (Mt 2:12).

The gathering also marks the belated celebration of the 50th anniversary of the FABC, established in 1970 with the approval of the Holy See.

The FABC secretariat said the 19-day conference will “reflect on the re-emerging and emerging realities and challenges of the Church in Asia.”

Prior to his appointment to the Vatican Dicastery, Cardinal Tagle led the FABC’s Office of Theological Concerns for many years while he was Archbishop of Manila.

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