Building Bridges Across Asia Pacific: A Synodal Encounter Between Pope Francis and University Students

20 June 2024

Building Bridges Across Asia Pacific brings together students from across the Asia Pacific region for small group dialogues, reflections, and discernment around their shared social concerns. Student representatives from these groups will dialogue with Pope Francis via Zoom on June 20, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (Rome). The livestream of the encounter hosted on YouTube will be accessible in two languages: English and Spanish (a third language may be added, this is to be determined).

The event is hosted by the Loyola University Chicago, and co-organized with The Pontifical Commission for Latin America at the Holy See.

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

With Students Participating from Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and more. For up-to-date information, see the map on the BBI Asia Pacific webpage:


Working with university partners across Asia Pacific, professors are convening and accompanying university and college students from across the region in 12 Working Groups. The students comprising those groups come from many countries in this area. This map displays the locations of the university partners.

The Encounter

One student representative from each group will join a meeting with Pope Francis via Zoom. The encounter will be interpreted and captioned live in English and Spanish. With this region’s linguistic diversity, a third language may be added, depending on the languages spoken by the student representatives. The livestreams will be accessible through the Building Bridges Initiative website:

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