Merida -Yucatán (Fides Service) - In preparation for the 13th National Mission Congress in Mexico, 30 November - 3 December, a Theology Symposium on the Encyclical Redemptoris missino was opened yesterday 28 November by Archbishop Emilio Carlos Berlie Belaunzán of Yucatán. Some 300 people, professors of theology cardinals, bishops, clergy, religious, seminarians and lay people are reflecting on Redemptoris Missio in view of giving new impulse to missionary awareness and activity.
The opening address on the relevance and urgency of mission today was given by Costa Rican Bishop Girardi Stellin of the diocese of Tilarán President Costa Rican Bishops’ Commission for missions. Today the work of the Symposium started with Mass presided by the president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference Bishop José Guadalupe Martín Rábago and will be followed by a paper on the Trinitarian Foundation of Mission by Jesuit Carlos Ignacio González professor at the Pontifical Faculty of theology of Peru, in Lima. After a general exchange of views there will be a panel discussion on “the vast horizons of mission and the changes in mission”: speakers will include Fr Fabio Martínez Castilla, Sister Eunice Yam Och of the Missionary Daughters of Most Holy Mother of the Light (founded in Yucatan) and Maryknoll missionary Fr. John Martin. In the afternoon Comboni missionary Fr Fidel González, will speak on “leaders and agents in missionary pastoral and collaboration with missionary activity”. The day of intense reflection and study will close with the recitation of the Missionary Rosary. (RZ) (Agenzia Fides 29/11/2005, righe 22, parole 264)