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9 Asian Cardinals, Bishops Appointed to Pontifical Inter-Religious Council

by Margaux Salcedo, Clyde Nolasco

Nine Asian Cardinals and Bishops have been appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID).


Cardinal Tagle, Prefect for the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples leads the list.


According to Cardinal Charles Bo, SDB, President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), the chosen Asians are:


  1. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, Philippines

  2. Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Vicar Apostolic of Vientiane, Laos

  3. Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, Indonesia

  4. Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado of Vasai, India

  5. Archbishop Mark Tin Win of Mandalay, Myanmar

  6. Bishop Paul Yoshinao Otsuka of Kyōto, Japan

  7. Archbishop Thomas Chung An-zu, of Taipei, Taiwan

  8. Bishop Raphy Manjaly of Allahabad, India

  9. Bishop Joseph Đình Đúc Đao of Xuân Lôc, Vietnam


Cardinal Bo said, "I am happy to see that there are good number, nine, from Asia who have been appointed. I ask all of the FABC Family to pray for them as they take up their work to promote interreligious dialogue, not only here is Asia, but throughout the whole world."


The President of the FABC added, "I have asked them to please keep in mind our own FABC Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (OEIA) for mutual exchanges and enrichment. The Bishop Chairman is Archbishop Hyginus KIM Hee-joong, the archbishop of Gwangju, Korea. He is also the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea. Also, Archbishop Thomas Chung An-zu, also was just appointed, is a Bishop Member of OEIA."


The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) is an association of episcopal conferences of Catholic Church in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia. The federation fosters solidarity and joint responsibility for the welfare of the Church and of society in the region.

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