The South-East Asia Subregion of the Catholic Biblical Federation organised a teleconference on the topic: "The Church, the Word of God and the World in a Pandemic Crisis: Coping with the Crisis in the Light of Scriptures and Envisioning a New Normal in the Aftermath". The conference took place on StreamYard platform on October 28, 2020 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM Philippine time and was streamed on Youtube and Facebook and had over 600 followers.
In the invitation to the event the coordinator of the CBF Sub-Region of South-East Asia, Dr. Natividad Pagadut, wrote "As we all know, 2020 was proclaimed by the President of the Catholic Biblical Federation, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, as the Year of the Word. Practically since the beginning of this year we are in a pandemic but this situation should not deter us from spreading and reflecting on the Word of God. In fact it should lead us to a deeper reflection on the Word vis-a-vis our present situation".
The keynote speaker was His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
Card. Luis Antonio Tagle - Keynote Speaker
Cardinal Louis Antonio Gokim Tagle
Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Metropolitan Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, President of Caritas Internationalis and President of Catholic Biblical Federation
Dr. Ma. Maricel S. Ibita - Conference Speaker
Dr. Ma. Maricel S. Ibita’s research and publications focus on narrative, poetry and metaphor studies in the Bible, feminist, liberation, social science and ecological hermeneutics; and Jewish-Christian sources for biblical interpretation. She got both her civil and ecclesiastical (Ph.D, STD) postgraduate degrees from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, BELGIUM. Her latest publications are:
- "Learn how to Weep: The Contemporary Challenge of Lament in Today's World," Louvain Studies 41 (2018), 377-391;
- "With my Mouth I will Give Thanks [Ps 109, 30a]: The Contribution of Leuven Biblical Scholarship to the Field in the past 50 years: and the Future of Biblical Studies in the Light of Ps 109," Louvain Studies 42 (2019), 365-395;
- "The Great Flood in Gen 6–9 : An Ecological Reading of the J and P Traditions," Biblical Theology Bulletin 50 (2020), 35-43. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Theology - Ateneo de Manila University.
Sr. Teresa Bello - Conference Speaker
Sr. Teresa Bello is a Xaverian Missionary Sister. She has been working as a missionary sister in Africa, Sierra Leone, for 4 years and in Thailand, in the diocese of Chiangmai and Chiangrai for 20 years. She is in charge of the Diocesan Biblical Commission of Chiangrai and work in the pastoral field, especially in the catechumenate.
Fr. Cristino Robles Pine, OFM - Conference Speaker
Fr. Cristino Robles Pine, OFM is a Franciscan Bible scholar born in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, Philippines.