Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Asia
I am very pleased to send you the first announcement of the 16th Congress of the Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (AFCMA). Since being appointed as organizers of the Congress, we have worked on the Congress agenda in detail. We have also taken into the account the comments and opinions submitted at the AFCMA Exco Meeting held during the 24th FIAMC Congress in Manila in 2014.
In most countries in Asia, Catholics are the minority. In such a situation, the catholic medical workers have important missions to follow Christ, put His teachings into practice, and proclaim His love in the region. I shall be very happy if the Congress in Kyoto can be a good opportunity for us, Asian friends, to share more thoughts and knowledge about our missions. I hope many people will be able to attend the Congress.
In Kyoto, November is the most beautiful month of the year. Moreover, Kyoto is the city which preserves plenty of the “good old Japan” and a number of historic sites. The reason is that Kyoto was the capital of Japan for about 1,000 years until about 150 years ago. We hope that all of you would fully enjoy the autumn and history of Kyoto in addition to the study session at the Congress. We are looking forward to seeing you here in Kyoto.
Buichi Ishijima, M.D.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
The 16th Congress of the Asian Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (AFCMA)