Mission Monthly
April 2014
Dear Friends
We hope that you are having a prayerful Holy Week. This week helps us remember how each of us is called to follow the example of Jesus. In a special way, may this Holy Week help us to open our hearts to God's call to bring forth the Kingdom as we prepare for this year's Mission Conference, Gospel Justice: A Living Challenge for the Church in Mission

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Mission Monthly and we pray that the coming Easter Season be filled with many blessings for you and your family and friends.
Call for Reconciliation in Myanmar 

The Archbishop of Yangon’s message: An Easter of Reconciliation
Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, and He gave us the ministry of reconciliation. God was in Christ and through Him embraced the whole world": With this awareness, the Archbishop of Yangon, His Exc. Mgr. Charles Maung Bo, in his Easter message, sent to Fides Agency, invites Christians and all men of good will in Myanmar to be promoters of reconciliation". Read more here.
Passover Greetings from Pope Francis 

Pope Sends Greetings to Jewish Community in of Rome
Vatican City, April 15, 2014 ( In a telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Pope Francis has wished the Jewish community of Rome, as well as the entire Jewish people, a ‘Happy Pesach (Passover)’. The eight-day celebration commemorates the Exodus of Israelites from the slavery of Egypt to the Promised Land. Read more here.
Papal Via Crucis Highlights Those in Need 

Pope's Wasy of the Cross to Highlight Economic Crisis, Unemployment, and Refugees

2014-04-15 (Rome Reports) The list is rather long: refugees and immigrants, those affected by violence, the economic crisis, unemployment, exploitation. They're just a few of topics the Pope will reflect on during the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, at Rome's Colosseum. The author of the meditations is the archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano, Giancarlo Bregantini. Watch the video or read more here.
To read this year’s Stations of the Cross, click here.
A Jesuit Killed in Homs  

Dutch Jesuit Fr. Frans van der Lugt killed in Homs
Damascus (Agenzia Fides ) - The Dutch Jesuit Fr. Frans van der Lugt, a religious who lived in the troubled city of Homs, was killed this morning. This was confirmed in a statement by Fr. Alex Basili, Provincial of the Jesuits in the Middle East and the Maghreb. The note reports: "We have just been informed that on Monday April 7 around 8 am, Father Frans van der Lugt was abducted by armed men who beat and then killed him with two bullets to the head, in front of the residence of the Jesuits in Homs. May the Lord help our brothers of the Society of Jesus, who are totally dedicated to the service of all victims of violence". Read more here.

To read "Difficult times will come": After the Assassination of Father Van der Lugt, Christians Continue to Pray and Reflect on Martyrdom, click here.
To read America Magazine’s article: What Martyrdom Means: On the Death of a Brother Jesuit, click here.
Mission and Inculturation 

Cardinal Filoni closes the conference "Listening to America" 
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "Three intense days to listen carefully to a plural continent, full of hope and contradictions. A complex continent, inhabited by many peoples and cultures": with these words Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Urbaniana University, concluded the International Conference "Listening to America: encounters between peoples, cultures and religions; paths for the future", held at Urbaniana University from April 7 to 9. Read more here.
Called to End Violence Through Media 

Catholic Media Practioners Are Called to Help End Violence in Nigeria Using Their Profession
Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - "I pray you come out with the best approach of using communication in different and diverse cultures to curb the very spate of communal clashes and violence in Nigeria". This call was made by the Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. T.O.E. Elechi, in his welcome address to the first Plenary meeting of Diocesan Directors of Communication held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Imo State, recently. Read more here.
Nigerian Prelate Decries Boko Haram Attacks 

Terrorist Group Kills People 'Like Animals'
Rome, April 15, 2014 ( More than 100 people have been killed in the northeast region of Nigeria since Wednesday, in the latest spate of violence committed by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said Boko Haram “continues to kill people like animals,” adding: “I don’t know for what motive. They say it is about religion but I ask: which kind of civilized religion will kill people so aimlessly?” Read more here.
Looking Beyond Child Poverty 

Six out of 10 children live in poverty, laws are being studied to respect the rights of children
Morelia (Agenzia Fides) - In Mexico, six out of 10 children live in poverty, 3 million do not attend school, 96 000 live on the street and 3 million work. There are also about 16 000 unaccompanied migrant children. To cope with this phenomenon, according to information gathered by Fides Agency, the Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child is engaged in reviewing the General Law for the Guarantee of the rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents. It is an initiative that local authorities have discussed with several civil society organizations and institutions related to the protection of children. All agree on the need for stronger laws, which can allow children to live in better conditions. In the Latin American country there are different realities and issues to consider, such as children who are refugees, teenage pregnancy, violence, maternal and child deaths, and the lack of water in 31% of schools. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 09/04/2014)
In this Mission Monthly...
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