Asia-Pacific Catholic Legislators Network
Faith + Formation + Fellowship
The APCLN is the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN). Founded in 2010 as an independent and non-partisan international initiative, the ICLN brings together practicing Catholics and other Christians in elected office on a regular basis for faith formation, education and fellowship.
The Christian politician is called upon, first and foremost, like every baptised person, to try to be a witness - through humility and courage
- Pope Francis
Prayer to Our Lady
Mother, help our faith!
Open our ears to hear God’s word
and to recognize his voice and call.
Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps,
to go forth from our own land
and to receive his promise.
Help us to be touched by his love,
that we may touch him in faith.
Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him
and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross,
when our faith is called to mature.
Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One.
Remind us that those who believe are never alone.
Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus,
that he may be light for our path.
And may this light of faith always increase in us,
until the dawn of that undying day
which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!
Prayer to Our Lady at the conclusion of the encyclical Lumen Fidei in 2013
About the APCLN
Serving those who serve
Christianity in Asia traces apostolic roots to St Thomas and St Bartholomew's missions to the Indian sub-continent immediately after the Ascension. Nestorian Christianity arrived in the Far East during the 7th century Tang Dynasty. The first regular mission in Oceania was established in the Marianas in 1668 by Jesuit Father Diego de Sanvitores, following in the earlier footsteps of the great Missionary Saint to Asia, St Francis Xavier. While Asia had St Francis Xavier, Oceania's protomartyr Marist St Peter Chanel laid the ground work for the fruitful mission fields of the South Pacific...
“It is in keeping with their dignity as persons that human being should take an active part in government.”