AFRICA/ETHIOPIA - "Development assistance is a sign of God's love because the Church's mission is evangelization"

Saturday, 21 December 2019 evangelization   development  


Addis Ababa (Agenzia Fides) - "The Church should not be identical to the other development agents but rather serve with the spirit of Christ. Its main mission is evangelization", said His Excellency Mgr. Roberto Bergamaschi, Apostolic Vicar of Awasa (also known as Hawassa) in his speech at the meeting of pastoral coordinators and directors of the development and assistance offices of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, which was held from 19 to 21 December in Awasa.
In his speech Mgr. Bergamaschi stressed "that whatever we do, it is for the spreading of the kingdom of God and for the salvation of His people". "When people see the Church and her service they should be grateful to God and not to our institutions or individuals. We are people called to testify the love of God and share it with others", he explained.
During the meeting, the participants discussed how to implement the decisions and directives given during the last Assembly of Bishops which was held in Meki from 9 to 13 December 2018.
In particular, the meeting focused on the restructuring of the institutions of the Catholic Church for a better work of evangelization and to increase financial responsibility and transparency in order to achieve self-sustainability. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 21/12/2019)