EUROPE/SPAIN – Missionaries victims of Ebola: we remember our missionaries, what they do and for whom they work
León (Agenzia Fides) – Bishop Julián López Martín of Leon diocese in Spain has written a letter to his missionaries for the recurrence of Christmas. In the letter, of which Fides received a copy, the Bishop recalls that his diocese has about 500 missionary men and women spread all over the world. He makes special mention of the two Spanish St John of God Hospitaller missionaries who died recently after contracting the Ebola virus in Liberia and in Sierra Leone.
“May this fraternal and cordial greeting bear joy and hope from your mother church, who accompanies you with affection and remembers you in prayer, especially those of you in Africa” writes the Bishop, recalling that the outbreak of Ebola, among other effects, has put them in the spotlight also for their dedication. “Fr Miguel Pajares, who has spent many years in Leon and Leon born Astorga, H. Manuel García Viejo, both St John of God Hospital Brothers, remind us of who you are and for whom you labour with the joy of the Gospel”.
Wishing all missionaries a “happy and holy Christmas celebrations ”, Bishop Julián López Martín recalls in particular two events concerning: the Year of Consecrated Life and the Fifth Centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 04/12/2014)