Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith
A statement by the Committee on Migration. ©2001 USCCB
1 John Paul II, The Church in Asia (Ecclesia in Asia), 1999, no. 24.
2Ecclesia in Asia, no. 1.
3 For the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Asia in 1998, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples prepared The Churches of Asia Ready for the Challenges of the Third Christian Millennium, which identified fifty-one countries in the continent of Asia. Refer to the list in Appendix D.
4Ecclesia in Asia, no. 1.
5 Rev. Fr. Arten Ashjian, "The Armenian Orthodox Church" in Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, The Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United States, ed. Robert F. Taft, SJ (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1986), 3.
6 Synod of Bishops, Special Assembly for Oceania, Jesus Christ and the Peoples of Oceania: Walking His Way, Telling His Truth, and Living His Life (Instrumentum Laboris) (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1998), nos. 5, 6.
7 The primary indigenous group of the Marianas is Chamorro.
The term "Guamanian" also refers to the people of Guam but does not
speak to any particular cultural heritage.
8 U.S. Catholic Bishops, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 2000), 4.
9 The U.S. Census Bureau refers to Asian and Pacific
Islanders as "any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast
Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands." The U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Service and the State Department add
countries in Western Asia (or the Middle East) including Iran, Israel,
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
10 Census 2000 counts 11,898,828 Asians in racial categories
that include East, South, and Southeast Asians, and mixed-race Asians.
Persons of the Middle East are included in the white race category.
11 Sharon M. Lee, "Asian Americans: Diverse and Growing," Population Bulletin Vol. 53, No. 2 (June 1998).
12 John Paul II, The Church in America (Ecclesia in America) (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1999), no. 17.
13 Veltisezar Bautista, The Filipino Americans from 1763 to the Present: Their History, Culture, and Traditions (Midlothian, Va.: Bookhaus Publishers, 1998).
14 Charles A. Donovan, CSP, "The Paulist Mission to the Chinese in San Francisco since 1903," U.S. Catholic Historian 18:1 (Winter 2000): 126.
15 Joseph A. Fiorenza, "A Global Microcosm," America 181:16 (November 20, 1999): 6-9.
16Annuario Pontificio 2000.
17Ecclesia in Asia, no. 37.
18 Committee on Migration, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Contributions, Concerns and Issues: Common Themes of the Asian Pacific Communities from the National Consultations (February-July 1997), 2.
19Ecclesia in Asia, no. 20.
20 The bishops' Institute for Interreligious Affairs of the
Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) conducted a series of
dialogue encounters with the followers of other religions between
1991-1996. This quote is from a compilation of the documents from those
conferences: Franz-Josef Eilers, SVD, ed., For All the Peoples of Asia: Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences Documents from 1992 to 1996, vol. 2 (Manila, Philippines: Claretian Publications, 1997), 278.
21 Ibid., 227.
22 Census Bureau, "We Are the American Asians" (September 1993).
23 Pope John Paul II's homily during the opening Mass of the Synod of Asian Bishops (April 19, 1998).
24Ecclesia in Asia, no. 27.
25 Ibid., no. 47.
26 Special Assembly for Asia of the Synod of Bishops, Instrumentum Laboris, no. 33. Also repeated in the Relatio ante Disceptationem
report given by Cardinal Paul Shan, SJ, with the assistance of
Archbishop Thomas Menamparampel, SDB, in the section "The Spirit of God
at Work in Asia."
27Ecclesia in Asia, nos. 22, 21.
28 Ibid., no. 2.
29 Congregation for the Clergy, General Directory for Catechesis (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1997), no. 195.
30 Ibid., no. 203.
31 That is, the myth that some immigrants adjust successfully to life in the United States with no help or needs.
32 John Paul II, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1995), no. 5.
33Ecclesia in Asia, no. 45.
35 Ibid., no. 50.