Forced like Jesus Christ to flee…

Forced like Jesus Christ to flee...

World Day of the Migrants and the Refugees

The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) will be celebrated on Sunday 27th September 2020.

With the title “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee”, Pope Francis urges us this year to discover the reality of internally displaced people more deeply. Every month, a new video of Pope Francis and other multimedia materials delve into the sub-themes present in the Message of the Holy Father. The first sub-theme was “To know in order to understand” and the second one was “To be close in order to serve”.

You can watch the third, newly released video, in which the Holy Father explores the sub-theme “To listen in order to be reconciled.” It offers the real-life testimony of an internally displaced person that explains how teamwork and mutual acceptance can create a brighter future and peaceful coexistence between people of different religions.

WDMR 2020 - Liturgical Resources

Season of Creation 2020 – Liturgy

Dear Confreres,

I discovered a remarkably interesting CATHOLIC LITURGICAL GUIDE for the SEASON OF CREATION 2020.

You will find proposals for all Sunday eucharistic celebrations based on the liturgical calendar: short introductory commentsprayers, and points for reflection on the scriptures will help you to live and celebrate the theme “JUBILEE FOR THE EARTH”!

Andreas Göpfert

2020_SOC 2 Catholic Liturgical Guide (1)

Racism, the Church and the suffering of people of African descent

Racism, the Church and the suffering of people of African descent

Stan Chu Ilo is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Awgu (Nigeria) and research professor of World Catholicism and African Studies at DePaul University in Chicago (USA).

Taken from LACROIX INTERNATIONAL.

Laudato sì anniversary

5th Anniversary of Laudato Sì

Next Sunday, 24th of May, we will celebrate the 5th anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato Si’. Depending on the context and the particularity of the liturgical calendar, we will celebrate the Ascension of Jesus Christ.

All of us have received the promise of Jesus Christ:

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

As we go through the Pandemic crisis, let us listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor! (LS 49) Let us be signs of hope that are fruits of the loving heart of Jesus Christ! (EG 183) Let us live in the spirit of solidarity and fraternity in order to build together with our sisters and brothers of the entire human family a better future! May the Holy Spirit guide and accompany us!

Fraternally Yours,

Andreas Göpfert, M.Afr.
Coordination JPIC ED

Laudato Sì Week 2020

Laudato Sì Week 2020

Everything is connected

We’re living through history-shaping events. Laudato Si’ teaches us how to build a better world–together.

People everywhere are crying out for hope, and our faith is urgently needed to light the way. For Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May, Catholics are uniting in solidarity for a more just and sustainable future.

Stand united with our brothers and sisters in faith as we grow through the crisis of this moment to build a better tomorrow.

    • Reflect and prepare through online trainings, 16-23 May
    • Join the worldwide day of prayer, 24 May
    • Put preparation into action during the Season of Creation, this September

Please consult the official page of Laudato Sì:

Events: https://laudatosiweek.org/activities/
Resources : https://laudatosiweek.org/resources/

Feast day of Saint Bakhita (various languages)

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!

Download here the prayer in different languages spoken in Africa:

Feast of St. Bakhita

Feast of St. Bakhita

On the 8th of February, the Church is celebrating the feast of Saint Bakhita and, at this occasion, proposes to all Christians a day of prayer and reflection on Human Trafficking. You will find hereafter a suggestion for a prayer vigil, as well as a prayer card to be printed and distributed to the faithful.