World Day for the Poor

19th November : World Day for the Poor

“Let us love, not with words but with deeds”

Pope Francis has named the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time the “World Day of the Poor”. The inaugural day will be celebrated on November 19th. The World Day for the poor is an invitation to live and to revitalize a creative charity in communities and associations. It also calls us to more justice.

“It will be a day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice nor social peace. This Day will also represent a genuine form of New Evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy.” (Misericordia et misera, n°21).

“It is my wish that … Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance”, writes Pope Francis in his message “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”.

Here are some documents :

www.pcpne.va/content/dam/pcpne/pdf/giornata-poveri/GiornataPoveri_EN.pdf

March against Women trafficking

Our Italian confrere Pino Locati, together with his Group “La Strada di Arcene”, were marching for five days on the “Via Francigena” to attract attention on and protest against Women (mainly African women) trafficking in Italia.

18 october : Viterbo – Vetralla : 18 ks
19 october : Vetralla – Sutri : 24 ks
20 october : Sutri – Campagnano : 27 ks
21 october : Campagnano – La Storta : 24 ks
22 october : La Storta – Rome : 19 ks

Total : 112 ks

Prayer for South Africa

The Justice and Peace office of the Department for Catholic Social Action from SACBC invites us to pray for South Africa every Friday of the week until the December ANC elective conference. I am emailing you attached the prayer they drafted.

+ Jan De Groef, M.Afr.

Lord, we present our country South Africa before you. We exalt and bless your name for all the blessings, the graces, and love that you have given to us as a nation.

Our country is now weighed down by various social, political and economic problems. We ask you to join us in our boat to calm the storms in our nation.
May your grace challenge our nation and its leadership to repent and turn away from the sin of greed and corruption, which is a result of the worship of money (Matthew 6:24).

Protect all those who are speaking out against greed, patronage, and corruption. Renew our nation and its leadership by the light of the gospel. Bless us with the values and the graces of your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Reinforcement of the capacities of JPIC animators, a session in Benin

From 16th to 29th July 2017, a JPIC workshop organized by major superiors in Rome was held at the International novitiate of the Society of the African Missions (SMA) in Calavi, Benin. Twenty-three participants from different countries of mission took part in the workshop. Among the participants there were five Missionaries of Africa: 2 came from Mali, one from Burkina Faso, one from Togo and one from Ghana. Continue reading “Reinforcement of the capacities of JPIC animators, a session in Benin”

Documentary videos on Human Trafficking in Africa

Here are quite a few documentary videos on Human Trafficking throughout Africa. To ease the flow, they are divided into pages. Here are the links towards the various countries :

Africa (p. 1) – Bénin (p. 2) – Burkina Faso (p. 3) – Cameroun (p. 4) – RDC (p. 5) – Côte d’Ivoire/Mali (p. 6) – Guinée (p. 7) – Kénya (p. 8) – Mali/Côte d’Ivoire (p. 9) – Mauritanie (p. 10) – South Africa / Mozambique (p. 11) – Nigéria / Europe (p. 12) – South Africa / Mozambique (p. 13) – Tanzania (p. 14) – Togo (p. 15) – Uganda (p. 16) – Zimbabwe (p. 17)

Africa

Human trafficking still rife is Africa (English / 3 :25 minutes)

Human trafficking worldwide and with examples from Africa.

Information on Human Trafficking

Trafficking is about :

“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at the minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs; …” Continue reading “Information on Human Trafficking”

Violence in DRC

VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN THE DRC AND MAJOR VICTIMS ARE ALWAYS WOMEN AND CHILDREN ….

This is why the JUSTICE AND PEACE Joint Commission of the International Union of General Superiors (UISG) and the International Union of General Superiors (USG) (Rome) has accepted the request of the British Government to help them promote its Protocol to combat sexual violence in the world.
A WORKSHOP WAS ORGANIZED IN GOMA FROM 2 TO 9 APRIL FOR A BETTER TRAINING OF THE CONSECRATED TO WELCOME AND INTEGRATE THE VICTIMS IN THE GREAT LAKES COUNTRIES. Continue reading “Violence in DRC”