Season of creation – week 4

Every year we are invited to live the SEASON OF CREATION which is celebrated from September 1 to October 4, 2022.

This year we, the MSOLA and MAFR, wish to engage together in SEASON OF CREATION by striving to promote dialogue for action at the interfaith level.

Please explore the possibilities at your local level! Seek to carry out interfaith actions for our COMMON HOME.

Thank you and good luck with your creative commitments and visible testimony.

Here is the prayer we prepared for the fourth week :

And here is the Official Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Season of Creation :

The official guide to the SEASON OF CREATION is available on the following website: https://seasonofcreation.org/

Season of creation – week 3

Every year we are invited to live the SEASON OF CREATION which is celebrated from September 1 to October 4, 2022.

This year we, the MSOLA and MAFR, wish to engage together in SEASON OF CREATION by striving to promote dialogue for action at the interfaith level.

Please explore the possibilities at your local level! Seek to carry out interfaith actions for our COMMON HOME.

Thank you and good luck with your creative commitments and visible testimony.

Here is the prayer we prepared for the third week :

And here is the Official Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Season of Creation :

The official guide to the SEASON OF CREATION is available on the following website: https://seasonofcreation.org/

Season of creation – week 2

Every year we are invited to live the SEASON OF CREATION which is celebrated from September 1 to October 4, 2022.

This year we, the MSOLA and MAFR, wish to engage together in SEASON OF CREATION by striving to promote dialogue for action at the interfaith level.

Please explore the possibilities at your local level! Seek to carry out interfaith actions for our COMMON HOME.

Thank you and good luck with your creative commitments and visible testimony.

Here is the prayer we prepared for the second week :

And here is the Official Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Season of Creation :

The official guide to the SEASON OF CREATION is available on the following website: https://seasonofcreation.org/

Season of creation – week 1

Every year we are invited to live the SEASON OF CREATION which is celebrated from September 1 to October 4, 2022.

This year we, the MSOLA and MAFR, wish to engage together in SEASON OF CREATION by striving to promote dialogue for action at the interfaith level.

Please explore the possibilities at your local level! Seek to carry out interfaith actions for our COMMON HOME.

Thank you and good luck with your creative commitments and visible testimony.

Here is the prayer we prepared for the first week :

And here is the Official Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Season of Creation :

The official guide to the SEASON OF CREATION is available on the following website: https://seasonofcreation.org/

Stations of creation

Stations of creation

Way of the cross, organised by “Via Aurelia Pilgrims”

Since the Season of Creation (2021), several neighbouring religious communities of the Via Aurelia have been walking together in the spirit of the synod.

Our group “Pilgrims of the Via Aurelia”, composed of the Marist Sisters, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Missionaries of Africa, organized a Way of the Cross under the theme of Laudato Si.

On Friday, April 8, about a hundred people from the congregations that live in the neighbourhood, or who joined from other parts of Rome, participated in the prayer of the 7 Stations of Creation. Four vessels signifying the 4 elements: Wind, Fire, Water, Earth accompanied us on our way to the cross.

The photos give you a glimpse of our lived experience. You can also download the prayer of the stations of creation.

We wish you a good journey towards Easter!

Roma cura Roma, The project

Roma Cura Roma, The project

Via Aurelia Pilgrims participating in
‘ROMA CURA ROMA – TUTTA MIA LA CITTA’

The Municipality of Rome organised a clean-up of Rome on 9 April 2022. Among the 457 groups and initiatives registered throughout the city of Rome, we, the “Via Aurelia Pilgrims”, were officially involved: https://romacura.roma.it/partecipanti/via-aurelia-pilgrims/

At 9:30 a.m., while we were still gathering all the members of our communities, a police car from the municipality stopped next to us and asked us if we were ready to start the work.

We were 24 volunteers from three communities, Marist Sisters, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Missionaries of Africa. Coming from 5 continents, South America, North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, some are students and others work in different functions in Rome.

An old lady stopped with her dog and helped us to clean the path. Other pedestrians were surprised to see us cutting the grass, scraping the ground, sweeping the road, they passed by in silence; others were grateful and encouraged us to continue. “That’s great! Finally, something is done”, I heard a woman saying to me in Italian.

For two hours, we cleaned the path to the metro station and also the stairs nearby. At the end, we counted about 15 bags filled with either plastic, paper, glass bottles or cut plants and herbs. Everything that was compostable, we took to the compost in the garden.

At the end of the work, we were very happy to be able to contribute to the beautification of the city of Rome and to make our small contribution to the care for our common home, as the encyclical letter Laudato Si invites us.

Via Aurelia Pilgrims

Interfaith Dialogue in Nigeria

The Ecumenism/Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Oyo State of Nigeria in conjunction with the Missionaries of Africa Commission for Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, Encounter and Dialogue (JPIC-ED), held the annual seminar on Inter-Religious Dialogue for the year 2021. This seminar brings together different religious leaders with their faithful to deliberate on current issues affecting the peaceful co-existence in various communities. The seminar was entitled: Need for Peaceful Coexistence: Combatting Fake News, Hate Speech and Prejudices. The program was attended by different religious groupings, among them: Muslims, Christians, and African Traditional Worshippers. Also present at the seminar were lawyers from civil society organizations and members of the Nigeria Police Force. The program started with an opening prayer by the chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Ustaz Dapo Yusuf. Rev.

Fr Joseph Ogundipe, Director of the Diocesan Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue, in his opening speech highlighted the purpose of our coming together. He went on to state that with the outrageous abuse of social media today, people are being divided along religious lines and this has affected the peaceful co-existence that our local communities used to enjoy.

Rev. Fr Robert Chipumbu M.Afr, from the Commission of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, Encounter and Dialogue (JPIC-ED), talked about the numerous contributions and interventions that the Society of Missionaries of Africa has done and is doing in promoting inter-religious dialogue among religions and people of different cultures. Then the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo officially welcomed all participants to the seminar. In his address, the bishop thanked God for the relative peace and calm for that part of the country. He also thanked the security agencies and all people of good will who made it possible and prayed for peace and harmony for the other parts of the country in security challenges. The bishop reminded the participants that at many times religion has been accused of being one of the causes of division and hatred, and that this time around we should change the image of religion. The abuse of social media by religious groups in promoting hatred and division through fake news, hate speech and prejudices should be condemned and be stopped.

The seminar saw Muslims, Christians and African Traditional Worshippers enter into group discussion on the seminar topic in which different experiences were shared and contributions made on how to better live together as people from different religious affiliations. At the end of the seminar a communique was issued to the media houses.

Robert Chipumbu, Ibadan, Nigeria