Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - The Missionary Jubilee Year with the theme "The Church in a permanent state of mission" and under the motto "You will be my witnesses" (Acts 1,8) officially began in the Brazilian Church last November (see Fides, 17/11/2021) is a propitious moment to celebrate the steps taken so far at the national and international level but also and above all an opportunity to give new impetus to the "Missio ad Gentes". "The logo that carries the visual identity of the Missionary Jubilee Year includes some elements that express the intention of celebrating the Jubilees: the globe, the map of Brazil, the missionary cross, the year 2022, the colors of the five continents and the golden color that refers to the Jubilee - Father Mauricio Jardim, Coordinator of the PMS of America and Director of the PMS of Brazil explains to Fides -.
The logo expresses the great missionary explosion that in 1972 marked a new impetus for the mission of the Church of Brazil, and that in 2022 opens even more to the mission without borders to reach all peoples, in all nations". The two great projects of the National Missionary Program, created with the aim of reinforcing missionary awareness oriented towards universality, go in the same direction: they are the Ad Gentes project and the Sister Churches project. They both turn 50 in 2022. The Ad Gentes project works on missionary animation in pastoral care, but also involves sending missionaries to other regions and nations. In Brazil, of the nineteen regional offices of the Episcopal Conference, there are currently three with Ad Gentes projects: two in Mozambique and one in Guinea Bissau. One of the challenges of the National Missionary Program is for each region to have an Ad Gentes project beyond the border. On the other hand, "Sister Churches" is the name of an initiative that aims to create a network that shares spiritual, human and material gifts with another church. Dioceses with different social and cultural realities become sister churches by sending missionaries and material aid. Among the 277 archdioceses, dioceses and prelatures, 54 have adopted the Sister Churches project. The openness to interaction and sharing with the sister Church gives a renewed impetus to face the challenges of society with courage and faith", comments Sister Irmã Sandra Regina Amado, Counselor of the Missionary Action Commission of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops. In this case, the objective of the National Missionary Program is that each Archdiocese, Diocese and Prelature has "a sister Church". (E.G.) (Agenzia Fides, 28/1/2022)