Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - 94 Bishops have been appointed in the last two years in the ecclesiastical circumscriptions dependent on the Missionary Congregation, who will participate in a Study Seminar organized for them by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. 42 Bishops are from Africa, from 19 countries; 36 Bishops from Asia will arrive in Rome, from 9 countries; 12 Bishops come from 9 countries of America; finally, 4 Bishops from Oceania, from two countries.
The Study Seminar, which started in 1994, wants to offer all the Bishops appointed recently at the guide of ecclesiastical circumscriptions in mission territories, a period of time, at the beginning of their appoinment, to reflect, deepen the life and Episcopal ministry, dialogue and pray. This is why the speakers are authoritative ecclesiastical personalities.
The timetable provides three daily reports, followed by discussions and group work. On Sunday, September 4 the Bishops will arrive at the Pontifical College of St. Paul, where the Seminar will be held. On the first day, Monday, September 5, there will be a Mass presided over by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation, followed by his greetings to the participants. Then it will be the turn of His Exc. Mgr, Sacio Hon Tai Fai, Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples with his report "The Bishop as servant of the Gospel". In the afternoon Cardinal Robert Sarah will give a presentation on "The newness of the Mission ad gentes in the reality of the world". On Tuesday 6 His Exc. Mgr. Protase Rugambwa, Secretary adjunct of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and President of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), will outline the structure, duties and activities of the PMS.
The program of the Seminar includes presentations of Cardinals: Kurt Koch (Ecumenical dialogue in mission territories), Angelo Amato (Spirituality of the Bishop), Peter Turkson (Social Doctrine of the Church and evangelization), Lorenzo Baldisseri (Synod of the Bishops and Episcopal communion), Marc Ouellet (the Pope and the Bishops: communion and mission), Beniamino Stella (Paternity towards priests and formation of the clergy), George Pell (Bishop's administrative service).
Also Archbishops and Bishops: Paul Richard Gallagher (The Holy See and the relations with the states), Juan I. Arrieta (Pastoral programs and diocesan structures of collaboration/Motu proprio Mitis iudex Dominus Jesus), Vincenzo Paglia (Formation of the Laity), Angelo V. Zani (Educational initiatives), José Rodriguez Carballo (Care of consecrated life), Charles Jude Scicluna (Celibacy of the clergy and clergy accused of sexual abuse), Luis Francisco Ladaria (Exercise of the munus docendi), Artur Roche (Liturgy and sanctification of the Church), Miguel Ayuso Guixot (Interreligious dialogue in mission territories) will take the floor.
Reports will continue with Joseph Koonamparampil and prof. Frank Elias (Vademecum for the Bishops), Mgr. Giampietro Dal Toso (The service of charity), Fr. Hans Zollner (Protection of minors and vulnerable adults), Mgr. Giampaolo Montini (Administration of Justice), Fr. Peter Gonsalves (Use of the media in evangelization).
On Friday 9th an audience with the Holy Father will be held and on Sunday, September 11 the Bishops will go on pilgrimage to Assisi. The Seminar will end on Saturday 17 September, with a Mass on the tomb of the Apostle Peter, and the last report. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 02/09/2016)