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

Pope names Tagle sent to Asian bishops’ meeting in Bangkok

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has been appointed as Pope Francis’ special envoy for the next and largest gathering of Asian bishops in Bangkok, the Thai capital.

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

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

The Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization will preside over the closing Mass of the 50th General Conference of the Federation of Asian Episcopal Conferences on October 30 at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

The Asian Bishops’ Meeting will begin on October 12 and will be held at the Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Bangkok.

The theme for this year’s conference is “FABC 50: Journeying together as the peoples of Asia…and they walked a different path”. (Mt 2:12).

The assembly 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 headed the Office of Theological Concerns at the FABC for many years while still Archbishop of Manila.

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