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Building Bridges Across Asia Pacific

“As young people, you are indeed the joyful hope of the Church… I would like to take you by the hand and walk with you on the path of hope. I would like to speak with you about our joys and hopes, but also of our sorrows and concerns, and those of all our brothers and sisters in the human family.” (Pope Francis, World Youth Day, November 26, 2023)
June 20, 2:00 P.M. Rome, 7:00 P.M. Jakarta, 10:00 P.M. Brisbane

Building Bridges Across Asia Pacific

Students and Universities from across the Asia-Pacific region are participating in Building Bridges Across Asia Pacific. This is a geographically broad and religiously diverse region where approximately 9% of the world’s Christians live. Christians are a distinct minority in most countries (1% in Thailand and Japan) and a significant majority in a few others (85% in Philippines and 97% in Papua New Guinea). This uneven distribution of Christians and the status of the Christian religion itself across the region contributes to remarkably varied experiences among young people of faith.

To form and facilitate student groups for the Building Bridges Initiative, several universities are working together.

 University Partners in the Asia Pacific Region:
-    Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, Philippines)
-    Australian Catholic University (Brisbane, Australia)
-    Fu Jen Catholic University (Taipei, Taiwan)
-    Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea)
-    Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan)
-    Universitas Sanata Dharma (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Working with those university partners across the Asia-Pacific region, professors are convening and accompanying students in 12 Working Groups. The students comprising those groups come from Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and more. This map displays the locations of the university partners and the home cities of some participating students. We will continue to update this map as more information becomes available. Participating students are studying diverse fields, including Theology, Psychology, Business, Physics, Law, Computer Science, Chemistry, Philosophy, and more.

To learn more about this upcoming event, you can download the Info Sheet .

JOSÉ TOLENTINO CARD. DE MENDONÇA, Prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education, sends this message in advance of the historic meeting with the Holy Father on June 20, 2024:

Build and Be Bridges, A Message to the students in Asia and the Pacific.

CARDINAL KEVIN FARRELL, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life at the Holy See, sends this video message (Watch Cardinal Farrell’s Message on YouTube) to the students and all those witnessing the historic meeting of Pope Francis and University Students Across the Asia-Pacific Region on June 20, 2024.

BISHOP LUIS MARÍN DE SAN MARTÍN, OSA, Under Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, sends this video message (Watch Bishop Martin’s Message on YouTube) to the students and all those witnessing the historic meeting of Pope Francis and University Students Across the Asia-Pacific Region on June 20, 2024.



The Building Bridges Initiative provides unique opportunities to students and they are active, continuing to pursue the common good in light of their experience with Pope Francis. Here you wlll find a growing list of activities in development and underway, from students and faculty, inspired by experience with the Building Bridges Initiative.

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