Freiburg (Agenzia Fides) - The initiative of the "Starsingers", promoted annually by the Pontifical Missionary Childhood Society during the Christmas holidays, was officially launched in Switzerland with the visit of two groups of boys and girls from Ticino at the Plenary Assembly of the Swiss Bishops' Conference (CES), on 2 December in Lugano. The children presented their activity, placed this year under the sign of peace with particular attention to Lebanon, and received the blessing of the Bishops.
According to information sent to Agenzia Fides from Missio Switzerland, the two groups from the parishes of San Nicola in Lugano Besso and San Pietro and Paolo in Gravesano, received the blessing of the Bishops, who also blessed the stars and the message of peace that the "Starsingers" of Ticino will present to people during their visits. The Bishops were given a Lamp of peace and a star.
"The Starsingers are also themselves a mission", underlined Martin Brunner-Artho, National Director of Missio, referring to the Extraordinary Missionary Month in October. "The Starsingers of go to meet people, bring the good news, peace and blessing to their homes. It is an important activity of the Church and we must cultivate it. That is why we ask for the blessing of the Bishops to launch the mission of the Starsingers".
Peace is the theme of the action of the Starsingers 2019-2020, which takes place this year for the first time in collaboration with "Light of Peace Switzerland". On December 15, the Lamp of peace that will be lit in the Nativity grotto in Bethlehem will be broadcast from Basel, Zurich, Lucerne and Freiburg. This year the Starsingers will support their projects in particular for their peers in Lebanon, as well as throughout the world. Every year, thanks to the donations of the Starsingers, about 200 projects for children and young people are co-financed worldwide. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides, 4/12/2019)