Philadelphia (Fides Service) - A project to revive missionary spirit in the archdiocese of Philadelphia has been launched by the city’s Catholic archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali. The idea is to promote mission awareness by focussing each year on a different continent using the post synodal Exhortations published as fruits of special continental synods held under Pope John Paul II as a basis for reflection. This year 2005 has been dedicated to the continent of Africa: the post- synodal apostolic exhortation “Ecclesia in Africa” was signed by Pope John Paul II ten years ago in Yaounde in Cameroon on 14 September. Next year will be dedicated to Asia, America and Europe will follow and last but not least Oceania.
All through the year Philadelphia archdiocese supported projects and programmes for education in Africa and Cardinal Rigali took part in various radio programmes to illustrate the work of the Church in Africa to promote justice and peace on the continent.
The year dedicated to Africa will culminate on Mission Sunday 23 October. For the occasion the papal nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea, archbishop Dominique Mamberti, will preside a special Mission Sunday Mass in the Cathedral of Philadelphia dedicated to Saints St Peter and Paul. On the previous Thursday 20 October the Archbishop will take part in a panel discussion with representatives of Catholic aid agencies, St Joseph’s university and various mission organisations . (RG) (Agenzia Fides 14/10/2005, righe 18, parole 222)