· Looking towards the canonizations on 27 April ·
Asia is the cradle of all major religions; Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Islam, Shintoism and Sikhism. God sent his Prophets and revealed holy books upon them. It is the dwelling place of two third of the world population.
The land of
In our Asian situation the Encyclical of Pope John
XXIII Pacem in Terris is of prime importance. It can influence
immensely for the struggles of Asian
people on how to addressed many
challenges we are confronted with as well the challenge of dialogue among people of different religions
and especially between Muslims and Christians. It also poses many challenges to
us as well. Pacem in Terris has
set before men and women of good will an immense task for all, especially for
us living in
Pope John Paul II has left a great inspiration for the people of Asia. He was a great religious leader. He was for the freedom of religion. He was for ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. He was reached out to meet and welcome people of different religions both in the Vatican and to which ever country he went. He gave boost to the Christians in Asia in his Encyclical Letters. In particular his Encyclical Ecclesia in Asia, offers us ongoing inspiration and great courage to be proud to be Asian Christians. It serves as a remarkable guide for preaching, proclaiming Christ to the people around us and thus for the expansion of the Church.
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