The Year of the Word of God - Word & Life
2020 AEFJN Contact Persons Seminar
On 5 March 2020, 19 religious women and men participated in the 2020 Arica Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) Contact Persons Seminar held at the Generalate of the Missionaries of Africa. The main topic of the seminar was, “How the contact persons could support the Antennas around the world?”
Fr. Chika Onyejiuwa, CSSp, the Executive Secretary, introduced the advocacy work of AEFJN, then added the current situation of Antennas. Br. Christian Roberti, CSSp, from the Belgium Antenna, Fr. Wolfgang Schonecke, MAFR from the German Antenna, Sr. Begoña Iñarra, MSOLA from the Madrid Antenna, Fr. Armel Fopa from Cameroon Antenna shared about their activities. After the talks from four Antennas, Sr. Pilar Trillo, LSA, the Contact Person of the Little Sisters of the Assumption, shared how her Congregation commits to AEFJN actions.
After hearing from six speakers, the participants broke up into two groups for group discussion with the guide question “How can your Congregation contribute to the work of Antennas? What is your role as a Contact Person in this action?” The groups reported in the plenum about their discussion.
After the reporting, it was informed that the AEFJN Executive Committee would study the different comments and take concrete action with the Contact Persons to support the Antennas in Europe and Africa.
The seminar was an excellent opportunity for the Contact Persons, Executive Committee, Secretariat, and Antennas to get to know each other, and learn the work of Antenna. It was also an opportune time to discuss different ways of collaboration. The Executive Committee is grateful to those who participated and contributed for the Seminar.
Fr. Daisuke Narui, SVD, for the AEFJN Executive Committee
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JPIC Way of the Cross - Lent 2020
This way of the Cross was prepared by Sr Anne McCabe, SM, Sr Juliana Karomba, MSOLA, and Fr Andreas Gépfert, MAFR, for the JPIC commission of USG and UISG in Rome. We want to give special thanks to the Procure of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Rome for granting us permission to use these paintings of the Stations of the Cross for publication. But most of all we like to express our gratitude to the artist, Ms Chessy Roffe-Silvester. Her inspirational translation of the Way of the Cross into the settings of our modern world are not only a welcome invitation for prayer and meditation, but also give a new perspective to this old devotional prayer of the Church, on how to follow Jesus in his passion and death. We are also grateful for all encounter, prayer, reading and exchange which inspired us for the preparation of the stations.
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Feast day of Saint Bakhita
The 8th of February 2020 we celebrate the feast day of Saint Bakhita, which is also the sixth World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. In many parts of the world, trafficking is a scourge that strikes everyone without distinction, but it strikes above all the poorest and those who in various ways can be defined as “the least”, the “discarded” of our society. Those who live on the margins and the weakest, such as women and children, are the targeted victims of injustice and abuse. May Saint Bakhita intercede for us and for the many Josephine Bakhitas of our time!
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JPIC Newsletter January 2020
Here is the newsletter of the JPIC commission of the Union of Superiors Major, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Laudato Sì, which remains a challenge for each one of us.
Every Christian community around the world is invited to celebrate “The Season of Creation” in its own way. It is a privileged moment to pray, reflect and take concrete measures to preserve creation and to integrate our concerns for the “Common House” into our daily attitudes and behaviours.
- September 1st, World Day of Prayer for Creation, opens the season every year.
- October 4 is the feast day of St. Francis and the last day of the season of creation.
This year the theme of the Season of Creation, chosen by its international steering committee, is “The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s Blessing”, a theme that resonates with the important and popular message of Pope Francis that everything is connected.
There are educational materials available. Attached to this mail, you will find already some proposals for prayer. In the coming weeks, you will receive further information on possible activities. If you already want to know more, please consult the following page: https://seasonofcreation.org/guide/
Andreas Göpfert, Coordination JPIC-ED