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Archbishop urges Catholic evangelists in Asia to be culturally sensitive

Catholics must take care not to be "pedantic, pompous and distant, but spontaneous, personal and life-related" when proclaiming the Good News to people of other faiths, says Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati in the Indian state of Assam.

In a paper he presented during a recent symposium on "Evangelisation in the Light of 'Ecclesia in Asia,'" the archbishop asserted that "whispering the Gospel to the soul of Asia" is the most appropriate way to preach the Good News in Asia today.

Last month's Thailand symposium was organised by the Office of Evangelisation of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. Some 60 bishops, lay delegates, priests and Religious attended.

Meanwhile Cardinal Francis Arinze of the Vatican Curia has reiterated the Church's censure of certain theologians but generally commends Asian theologians for doing a good job in promoting interreligious dialogue.

On a visit to South Korea, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said that Asian theologians have successfully conducted interreligious collaboration with a sense of inculturation. Such efforts within multireligious societies have been "great" and theologians have "done the job well," he told a press conference last week in Seoul.

The cardinal was in South Korea for the Asian Conference of Interreligious Dialogue, a meeting of Asian consultors of his council and secretaries of national episcopal commissions for interreligious dialogue in Asia.

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2 Oct 2002