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Nature and Functions of the FABC


The FABC describes itself as a voluntary association of Roman Catholic Episcopal Conferences in Asia, made up of “four regions” that is established with the approval of the Holy See:

  • South Asia

  • Southeast Asia

  • East Asia

  • Central Asia

The purpose of FABC is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good.

The decisions of the Federation are without juridical binding force; their acceptance is an expression of collegial responsibility.



  • To study ways and means of promoting the apostolate, especially in the light of Vatican II and post-conciliar official documents, and according to the needs of Asia.

  • To work for and to intensify the dynamic presence of the Church in the total development of the peoples of Asia

  • To help in the study of problems of common interest to the Church in Asia, and to investigate possibilities of solutions and coordinated action.

  • To promote inter-communication and cooperation among local Churches and Bishops of Asia.

  • To render service to Episcopal conferences of Asia in order to help them to meet better the needs of the People of God.

  • To foster a more ordered development of organizations and movements in the Church at the international level.

  • To foster ecumenical and inter-religious communication and collaboration.

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