The Federation of Asian Bishop’s Conference [FABC] established the Asian Liturgy Forum [ALF] in 1996 in order to provide a forum for Catholics in Asia to discuss liturgical matters pertaining to each country. It is hoped that through the ALF, the gift of cultural-pastoral diversity would enrich each country through the scholarly studies and sharings.
The late Fr. Anscar J. Chupungco, OSB, who intiated the ALF had been serving as its Secretary General since then. The participating countries of the Asian Liturgy Forum are: Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and China. Observers and other media practitioners are also welcomed in the conferences.
Each year, every other country takes turn in hosting the meeting. This year’s 17th Asian Liturgy Forum [ALF] is held in Hong Kong, 21-24 October 2013 at the Catholic Diocese Center, Caine Road, Hong Kong. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Liturgy Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium with the topic Pastoral Liturgy in Asia. Msgr. Florencio Salvador, SLD – a liturgical scholar from the Philippines gives the conference paper, followed by reports from participating countries and regions in Asia. The forum is conducted in English.