Incarnating the Missionary-Pastoral Character of The Churches in Asia

Peter Pojol, S.J.

Submitted Date: Oct 23, 2021


The emergence and growth of pastoral institutes in Asia manifests the missionary-pastoral trajectories that were made the center of the focus of the Church by Vatican II, echoed by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), and reaffirmed and rejuvenated for our time by Pope Francis. The pastoral institutes of Network Pastoral Asia and Inter-Institutional Collaboration illustrate this impetus. They invite sustained reflection on and creative application of the Council's “principle of pastorality,” which carefully attends to context and faithfully expresses the “centrifugal missionary dimension” of evangelization. This article was originally written for the forthcoming volume of the One World Theology (OWT) book series published by Missio.

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