Colombo: The Catholic bishops from across Asia gathered the eleventh Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference from 28 November to 4 December 2016 at Negombo, Colombo. The theme of the Plenary is “The Asian Catholic Family: The local Church of the poor in the mission of mercy.”
The meet start with a Solemn Mass celebrated by papal envoy Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, on 29 November 2016. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime minister of Sri lanka, address the opening session.
His Beatitude Cardinal Mar George Allanchery, (the Major Archbishop of Syro –Malabar Catholic Church), His Excellency Most Rev. Mar Andrews Thazath (Archbishop of Trichur), His Excellency Most Rev. Mar Mathew Arackal (Bishop of Kanjirapally), His Excellency Most Rev. Mar Joseph Kallarangatt (Bishop of the Eparchy of Palai), His Excellency Most Rev. Mar Prince Panengadan (Bishop of Adilabad), His Excellency Most Rev. Dr Varghese Chakkalakal (Bishop of Calicut), His Excellency Most Rev. Dr Thomas Mar Anthonios OIC (Exarch of Exarchate of St Ephrem of Khadki-Pune), priests and representatives of the Eastern Churches participated in the meet.