Pemba (Agenzia Fides) - 125 years have passed since the foundation of the Congregation of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters. The Scalabrinian Year will begin next November 9, on the 25th anniversary of the beatification of Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, an exemplary witness of Christian life, missionary and father of migrants. (see Fides, 12/10/2021).
"For us this missionary month has a profound value and brings us back to our communities around the world and to our new mission: that in the diocese of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado, in Mozambique. Here we have decided to invest a lot of our resources to help all those migrants who find themselves victims of violence", says Sister Marines Biasibetti, one of the missionaries who is on the spot, to Fides.
"Supported by the Scalabrinian charism and motivated by the example of our founder Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, and of the co-founders venerable Father Giuseppe Marchetti and Blessed Mother Assunta, we accepted the invitation of the Church and the appeal of migrants to open this new missionary presence. It is a sign of gratitude for us and it is very significant that this mission is being carried out as part of the activities of the Jubilee which celebrates the 125th anniversary of the foundation of our congregation".
"The needs in Cabo Delgado are many. We live in absolute poverty, with primary needs to be met: food, water, health. One of our groups is in Chiure, 155 km from the regional capital, Pemba. The parish of Santa Isabella is our home. It is a very poor district, with many needs. We want to carry out some self-sustainability activities to help migrants. They ask us to respond to basic needs and to return to their territories of origin". Missionary Day for the Scalabrinian Sisters has the flavor of this land, which overlooks the Indian Ocean, where thousands flee to Tanzania. Here too, as in many other parts of the planet, the world cannot turn its back. (GV/SL) (Agenzia Fides, 23/10/2021)