Creation Time, week 3

The celebration of Creation Time, which originated in the Orthodox tradition, was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. In the third week, we reflect on creation as a sign of God’s infinite wisdom. We are invited to recognize this wisdom, to internalize it and transmit it to others.

Theme of week 3 :

Transmitting the gift of wisdom

Download the Biblical and Liturgical texts of week 3.

Download the Biblical and Liturgical texts of week 2.

Download the Biblical and Liturgical texts of week 1.

Towards an ethical discernment of our economic and financial systems

The Vatican calls for Ethical Discernment in our Economic-Financial Systems.

The problem with our economic and financial systems goes beyond these systems themselves. The real problem lies in our dysfunctional human mind, our skewed understanding of human anthropology and the unconscious consequent infinite value that we have placed on this instrument of exchange called money. According to the Buddhist religion, the human mind in its normal state generates dukkha which can be translated as ‘unsatisfactoriness’ or just plain misery.

Read on by downloading the PDF of our confrere Wolfgang Schonecke’s article (with Chika Onyejiuwa), or read it on the A.E.F.J.N website.

Creation Time 2018, week 1

The celebration of creation time has its origin in the Orthodox tradition. It was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. From September 1st until the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th, Christians thank for the gift of creation and reflect on how they can protect it and pass it on to future generations.

Please find here the Biblical and Liturgical text put together by Wolfgang Schonecke  (Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland)

Workshop JPIC – ED

Mercredi 28 février et Jeudi 1et mars

Sixteen participants met Wednesday evening, 28/02/2018, in the cafeteria of the General House. The head of the JPIC-RD commission, Father Andreas Göpfert, welcomed us all and invited us to introduce ourselves to each other. On Thursday, the participants were invited to share some of their experience that motivates them to engage in JPIC-RD pastoral work but also to describe the functioning of JPIC-RD commissions in each province. Here are some pictures of the sharing of some fellow participants in the session. Continue reading “Workshop JPIC – ED”

Lenten Way of the Cross 2018

Here is a Way of the Cross prepared by the JPIC coordinators of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and the Missionaries of Africa for Lent 2018.

You can use it individually for your own meditation and at your own pace. By default, the slides change every minute, but you can obviously force the progress.

You must be connected to the Internet to view this slideshow. However, if you want to use it in community M.Afr. or parish, you can download the PDF version here.


What is a coordinator

On a busy street in one of India’s congested cities, traffic has ground to a halt. Frustrations are high as a young man yells at a hapless policeman. A large tree has fallen across the narrow thoroughfare, and nobody knows what to do. Snarled traffic, glum looks, despairing gridlock. A young woman says in English on her cell phone, “I hate this country.” Then the situation gets worse: it begins to rain. Buckets. A young boy, maybe seven or eight, pokes his head out a bus window. […]

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Integrity of creation: Missionaries of Africa’s contribution (PE nr. 1087 – 2018/01)

Considering the current ecological crisis, the 2016 Chapter was concerned about the question of Integrity of Creation and called for a fervent devotion to eco-spirituality – “With the help of Church documents on eco-spirituality such as Laudato Si’ and available resource materials of the Society, we recommend that recollections and sessions be organized at Provincial and Sector levels” (CA, 1.3.). The Chapter requested that communities be ‘good examples of environmental protection’. Let us be a “Green Church”. It exhorted us to Continue reading “Integrity of creation: Missionaries of Africa’s contribution (PE nr. 1087 – 2018/01)”

Non-violent communication : an example

Conflicts between neighbors are very common. Here is an example of such a conflict and its non-violent and creative resolution. This is an example that can be used as a group to make people think. The link for the original Power Point will soon be at the bottom of the page. You can use the Power Point freely but mentioning the origin:

Andreas Göpfert, Missionaries of Africa, Via Aurelia 269, Rome 00165 © 2017 

Welcome, protect, promote, integrate

Next Sunday, the 14th of January 2018, is the World Day of Prayer for the Migrants, which articulates around these 4 action verbs : to welcome,  to protect, to promote and to integrate.

“Migrations in their various forms are not a new phenomenon in human history. They have left their mark on every age, bringing about the encounter of different cultures and giving rise to new civilizations. Unfortunately, in many cases people are forced to move: by conflict, natural disasters, persecution, climate change, violence, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions. Our shared response can be expressed by four action verbs: // to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.

To welcome.

A responsible and dignified welcome of our brothers and sisters // begins by offering them decent and appropriate shelter.

To protect.

We are speaking about millions of migrant workers – especially men and women in irregular situations; millions of asylum seekers and displaced persons; and millions of victims of human trafficking. Defending their inalienable rights, ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties which compel one and all.

To promote.

Protecting migrants, refugees and displaced persons is not enough. What is required is the promotion of their integral human development. Responsibility for the full human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their home communities. That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, along with the right to choose to emigrate and also the right not to be forced to emigrate.

To integrate.

Integration, unlike assimilation or incorporation, is a two-way process, rooted essentially in the mutual recognition of each other’s cultural richness.

I believe that taking action in these four ways, as individuals and in groups, is our duty today.

And so the Global Compacts must be inspired by compassion, foresight and courage!

Pope Francis

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