Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters
This much anticipated pastoral response will guide the Catholic Church in the United States in addressing the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island communities and provide a framework for dioceses and parishes to create pastoral plans specific to their circumstances.
The Asian and Pacific Island population in the United States is the fastest growing minority population, according to research referenced in the document. Yet, this population “tends to go unrecognized in the wider US society, and there remains a need to bring more attention and support to the Asian and Pacific Island communities,” the bishops say in the pastoral response.
Encountering Christ in Harmony hopes to advance the Church’s mission of evangelization to specific cultural groups; assist dioceses, parish leaders, other Catholic entities, and the faithful in pastoral outreach to Asian and Pacific Island Catholics; and provide resources and information about Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities. The pastoral statement ends with a Prayer for Encountering Christ in Harmony.
Parishes, dioceses, and others who minister to Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities will find great support in this pastoral resource!