Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 4th day

For our fourth day of training, we had two speakers : our confrère William Turnbull and Mrs. Augusta Muthigani from Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

In the morning, William Turnbull explained to us how to create and operate a commission for the protection of minors and people in vulnerable situations in our respective sectors. He stressed the importance of the role of safeguarding delegate, while inviting us to collaborate with other structures that work in the same field of safeguarding. At the end of the morning, we had a time of sharing in small groups to deepen our knowledge of the Safeguarding Policy on the Prevention of Abuse and the Protection of Minors and Persons in Situation of Vulnerability of the Society (2022 version).

In the afternoon, Mrs. Muthigani elucidated the role of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and how to implement the Memorare Initiative of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)

Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 2nd day

This second day of our training session was marked by two interventions. In the morning, we welcomed Dr. Angela Rinaldi, professor at the Institute of Anthropology of the Pontifical Gregorian University. She articulated the relationship that exists between Safeguarding and The Right Use of Power in Pastoral Ministry. She underpined that power is a gift for good to be exercised in a responsible way by respecting other people’s dignity.

In the afternoon, while reminding us that we are the “guardians of our brothers” (Genesis 4:9), our confrere Peter Mateso situated the ministry of safeguarding in the historical context of our Society and in the vision of our founder Cardinal Charles Lavigerie. From the outset, the Society has been sensitive and strived to commit itself to this mission of protection of minors and vulnerable persons.

We ended the day with the sharing and listening to the experiences of our confreres.

Safeguarding is our commitment.

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)