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Dear brothers and sisters: In a spirit of heartfelt pastoral concern for the Asian and Pacific people in our midst, we Catholic bishops of the United States write this statement to all Catholics and especially to our Asian and Pacific brothers and sisters to recognize and affirm with loving assurance their presence and prominence in the Lord's house. We pray that this pastoral statement will facilitate a fuller appreciation of their communities in our local churches and will encourage Asian and Pacific Catholics to take on active leadership roles in every level of church life.
-- Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
to the webpage for the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island
Affairs (SCAPA). The subcommittee works collaboratively and
intentionally with the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and other
USCCB committees to "affirm the gifts and contributions of Asian and Pacific Island
Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Asian and Pacific Island
Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelizing
The Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working directly with the standing committee and collaboratively with other USCCB committees to affirm the gifts and contributions of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelizing mission.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:
The subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to the Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities and to work closely with the subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.
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