U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters

July 6, 2018
By SS. Peter and Paul

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic
Bishops (USCCB) is publishing a new document, Encountering Christ in
Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and
Sisters. The full text is available on the USCCB website at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/asian-pacific-islander/upload/asian-and-pacific-island-pastoral-response-encountering-christ-in-harmony-2018.pdf
.

Approved by the U.S. bishops during their Spring 2018
General Assembly, the pastoral response will guide the Catholic Church in the
United States in addressing the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island
communities and provide a framework for dioceses and parishes for creating
their pastoral plans or actions specific to their circumstances.

The Asian and Pacific Island population in the United
States is the fastest growing minority population according to research
referenced in the document. Yet, this population “tends to go unrecognized in
the wider US society, and there remains a need to bring more attention and
support to the Asian and Pacific Island communities,” the bishops say in the
pastoral response.

Encountering
Christ in Harmony aims to: (a) advance the Church’s mission
of evangelization to specific cultural groups; (b) assist dioceses, parish
leaders, other Catholic entities, and the faithful in pastoral outreach to
Asian and Pacific Island Catholics; and (c) provide resources and information
about Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities.

The
printed version of the document will be available at the USCCB online store (https://store.usccb.org/)
at a later date.

Keywords:
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, pastoral response, Encountering
Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers
and Sisters, Asian and Pacific Island communities. evangelization.

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Source:: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops