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This book was originally published as Towards a Truly Catholic and a Truly Asian Church: An Asian Wayfaring Theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) 1970–2012 (Helsinki: Unigrafia, 2018; ISBN 978-951-51-4178-1).

Cover illustration: The chapel of the Redemptorist center, Pattaya, Thailand. Photo by Leena Helle, used with kind permission.

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Names: Helle, Jukka (Theologian), author.

Title: Towards a truly Catholic and a truly Asian church : the Asian wayfaring theology of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ conferences (FABC) 1970–2020 / by Jukka Helle.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2022] | Series: Theology and mission in world Christianity, 2452–2953 ; volume 22 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Summary: ““The future of the Church is in Asia.” (Pope Francis to the Philippine Cardinal Tagle.) Asian Catholic bishops have taken up this challenge since 1970; they show how the Asian Church navigates itself in the midst of Asian religious and cultural plurality. An image of a harmonious, dialogical and inclusive church with its wayfarer’s theology emerges in the theological thought of Asian bishops. This book also shows that the Asian Catholic Church is a lively and vibrant communion of local Churches, whose fresh and inspiring theological thought should be studied and welcomed outside of Asia as well”— Provided by publisher.

Identifiers: LCCN 2022008102 (print) | LCCN 2022008103 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004509641 (paperback : acid-free paper) | ISBN 9789004509658 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Catholic Church—Asia. | Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.

Classification: LCC BX1615 .H45 2022 (print) | LCC BX1615 (ebook) | DDC 230.2095—dc23/eng/20220304

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ISSN 2452-2953

ISBN 978-90-04-50964-1 (paperback)

ISBN 978-90-04-50965-8 (e-book)

Copyright 2022 by Jukka Helle. Published by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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