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PONTIFICIUM OPUS A SANCTA INFANTIA

4th MEETING OF MISSIONARY CHILDHOOD LEADERS IN MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES
AND EASTERN EUROPE

     The 4th Meeting of Missionary Childhood Leaders of the countries of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe was held in Rome at the International Centre of Missionary Animation (CIAM) from 25 to 28 October 2001. Participants included representatives of : Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Rumania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Holy Land. There was also a delegation from Kindermissionswerk (Germany).

 

SCHOOL FOR MISSIONARY ANIMATORS
FOR BISHOPS (SOMA) SRI LANKA

      From 10 to 13 September 2001 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, some 28 participants from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines and Sri Lanka attended the School for Missionary Animators for Bishops. The participants included 15 bishops. The event was organised by Bishop Malcom Ranjith who at the time was Bishop of Ratnapura. Also present were Secretary General of Missionary Childhood Rev. Fr Patrick Byrne and representatives of Kindermissionswerk Germany.

    The meeting was opened by Archbishop Petrus Turang of Kupang, Indonesia, delegate of the FABC Office for children of Asia.

       In his address entitled "The children of Asia and their role in the accomplishment of the Church's mission", the Bishop underlined the potential of children in the missionary work of the Church, a resource which must not be neglected.

        The Meeting included conferences and workshops. Among the conferences we mention : " Post-Council tendencies in evangelisation and changes in Asia ", " Missionary Cooperation and the Pontifical Mission Societies, in particular Missionary Childhood ". "The Development of Missionary Childhood in Sri Lanka", "Missionary pastoral with children", "The fundamental role of the Animator and his or her formation", "Missionary Childhood Groups: their guidance and their means of support", "My role as diocesan Director", "A pastoral programme for the missionary involvement of children in the diocese", "Some experiences with children in Germany", etc.

      The participants met about 1.000 children belonging to Missionary Childhood from the Vicariate of Kandana, in Colombo.

       At this Meeting we saw that Missionary Childhood is not just a slogan to collect money. It is a missionary movement in which children are animated and formed.

       At the end of the event the participants published a statement in which they recommend the realisation of programmes for Bishops, and the establishing of a "Day of the Asian Child" etc. (the complete text can be seen on page 14 of this bulletin).

"Missionary activity can never be reduced to mere human advancement, help for the poor and liberation of the oppressed. Even if she must intervene courageously in these areas, in collaboration with every person of good will, the Church has another primary and specific mission, to bring every man and woman to meet Christ, the only Redeemer. Missionary activity, for this reason, must be concerned first and foremost with transmitting the salvation that Jesus accomplished. Who better than you can bear witness that the poor hunger for God first of all, and not only for bread and freedom?"

(H.H. JOHN PAUL II to the members of the Pontifical Mission Societies, 16 May 2002)


CEME 2002

          From 17 to 20 March 2002, there was a meeting of delegates from 21 National Offices in Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Scandinavia, Scotland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, France, England, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Rumania and Switzerland), as well as a delegate from Canada. The meeting, held as usual in Luxembourg, had as its central theme : "Genesis and evolution of Missionary Childhood : new means of communication to reach the goals of Missionary Childhood".

 

The Conference of Missionary Childhood in Europe (CEME) comprises all the Missionary Childhood Offices in European countries. This makes it a point of encounter, formation and reflection on Missionary Childhood. Founded in 1973 by a small group of countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Holland and Switzerland), today it comprises all the European Offices including those of Eastern Europe. It meets every two years in Luxembourg.


OUR SUBSIDIES IN MAY 2002

SUMS APPROVED BY CONTINENT (US $)

 

CONTINENT

ORDINARY

SUBSIDIES

AFRICA

1.408.000

AMERICA

184.000

ASIA

624.000

EUROPE

8.000

OCEANIA

136.000

 

CONTINENT

EXTRAORDINARY

SUBSIDES

AFRICA

4.100.290

AMERICA

567.500

ASIA

3.617.270

EUROPE

78.300

OCEANIA

55.600

 

 

FIRST CONTINENTAL MEETING OF MISSIONARY CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (ECIAM I)

       From 1 to 5 July 2002, there will be a First Continental Meeting of Missionary Childhood and Adolescence (ECIAM I). This meeting, which was preceded with a long period of preparation will be held in San Josť de Costa Rica, and the theme will be : "Missionary Adolescence in America". It will be attended by 24 national delegations from North, Central and South America, comprising a total of 300 Missionary Childhood animators.

      The main objective of the meeting will be: "To form and motivate animators and adolescents for mission to enhance their missionary role at the beginning of the third millennium".

      In view of this it will be necessary to :

  • "be familiar with the situation in which the adolescents of America live and grow, in order to cultivate the great Christian and missionary values.
  • offer animators elements to help them understand better the psycho-affective and human processes of adolescents.
  • propose models to animators so that, through daily witness as Christians and missionaries they may encourage and motivate adolescents to launch themselves in mission to the whole world.
  • boost missionary pastoral, in particular the School with Jesus, for adolescents in the countries of America.
  • outline a work-plan aimed at consolidating missionary pastoral for adolescents.
  • arrange exchange of materiel and experience of each country with regard to missionary adolescents."

ELIM

       The 1st Latin American Meeting of Missionary Childhood (ELIM I) was held in Cali, Colombia, 1993, to mark 150 years of Holy Childhood . The meeting was attended by 1.500 delegates from all over Latin America.

       The second ELIM was held in February 1995, in Caracas, Venezuela.

       The third ELIM was held in July 1998 in Quito, Ecuador, attended by 325 delegates.

       The next meeting will be not only Latin-American, but continental, with the participation of delegates from the United States and Canada, (English speaking and French speaking). This is why it will be called :1st Continental Meeting of Missionary Childhood and Adolescence (ECIAM I).

 

 

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