Assuming All That Is Asian: Becoming a Truly Local Church in Dialogue

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At the heart of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC), the understanding of “a new way of being Church” in Asia is the principle of the incarnation. Just as Jesus Christ assumed the fullness of humanity, the Church in Asia is also called to assume all that is Asian. For the FABC, to be incarnated implies that the Church be truly immersed in the life-realities of its peoples, reads the signs of the times, engages in triple dialogue in its mission of love and service, and builds up the local church. It is only in this manner that the Church in Asia will truly have an “Asian face.”