CBCV -- Led by the same Spirit we, Bishops from Asia, gather together in this beautiful country of Vietnam forty years after the juridical birth of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC).
Pope Benedict XVI met with the 6 new Cardinals created on Saturday, together with their families and friends. Cardinal James Michael HARVEY, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls; Cardinal Bechara BOUTROS RAÏ, Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon; Cardinal Baselios Cleemis THOTTUNKAL, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankaras (India); Cardinal John Olorunfemi ONAIYEKAN, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria); Cardinal Luis Antonio TAGLE, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines); and Cardinal Rubén SALAZAR GÓMEZ, Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia).
Pope Benedict XVI created 6 new cardinals during Sunday's consistory in the Vatican.
Each of the six new cardinals hails from a non-European continent: Archbishop Luis Tagle of Manila, Philippines; Lebanon's Maronite Patriarch of Bechara Rai; US Archbishop James M. Harvey; head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Archbishop Baselia Cleemis Thottunkal of India; Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Nigeria; and Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Colombia.
The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) right from its first Plenary Meeting recognized that their coming together is a pioneering quest of Asian Church for "new meanings in their lives and endeavors, to overcome destructive forces and to shape a new integration in our societies." The Bishops proclaimed that as pastors they would seek and read the signs of the times and discern with their people whatever they must accept and foster in their situation and what they must reject and refuse (Cf. FABC Plenary-1).
Benedict XVI, through the apostolic nunciature in Washington, U.S.A., has sent a message to Barack Obama, congratulating him on his re-election as president of the United States of America.