EUROPE/SPAIN - Mission Stories: Spanish Missionaries around the World

Saturday, 31 October 2020 missionary animation   pontifical mission societies  

Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - A 102-year-old priest serving as a missionary in Taiwan. A nun who discovered an illness while working as a doctor in Benin and thus became known worldwide. A Bishop who acts as a human shield against terrorists to protect the people. A priest who builds schools in the Himalayas. These are just a few examples of Spanish missionaries whose activities are documented in the book "Misioneros, hasta el confín de la tierra", including over 100 photographs. The book published by Ediciones Palabra is edited by the journalist Miguel Pérez Pichel, who wrote it in collaboration with the Pontifical Mission Societies in Spain. The book is intended to make the life of the Spanish missionaries known to the public, this book offers 11 stories in an informative and entertaining way, which should also be done using the many pictures.
"Spanish society can be proud of what so many Spanish missionaries around the world are doing at the service of the Church", explains Miguel Pérez Pichel, author of the book, who stresses that, although it is a book about Catholic missionaries, it is not a theology book. "It is practically an adventure book, a book about the adventures of men and women who left everything and went to the ends of the earth, in the Amazon, in the Central African Republic, to China, Nepal, India, Taiwan, to lost islands in the middle of the Pacific, to preach the Gospel and serve humanity".
The book dedicates a chapter to each missionary story (11 in total) and begins with an introduction in which Fr. José María Calderón, National Director of the OMP of Spain, explains the importance of the mission ad gentes. The book also features a presentation by His Exc. Mgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies and a prologue by the Chairman of the World Mission Commission of the Spanish Bishops' Conference, Francisco Pérez, Archbishop of Pamplona and Bishop of Tudela. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 31/10/2020)