Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - "Our goal is to keep alive the memory of the missionary journey, but above all to see missionary action as a paradigm for all the work of the Church. The Jubilee brings us into this wonderful dynamic of all the forces of the Church Brazil, which gives a certain unity to this richness and variety of projects developed," said Bishop Odelir José Magri of Chapecó, in his capacity as President of the Episcopal Commission for Missionary Action and Interecclesial Cooperation of the Bishops' Conference of Brazil (CNBB).
During a press conference held on the sidelines of the CNBB Plenary Assembly, the Bishop recalled that since November 2021 the Church in Brazil has been celebrating the Missionary Jubilee, which, referring to the Aparecida document, has the central theme "The Church on Permanent Mission" and the motto "You will be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8) (see Fides, 17/11/2021; 28/1/2022).
At the national level, the Jubilee commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Missionary Council (COMINA), the 50th anniversary of the first missionary campaign, 50 years of the Sister Churches Project, 50 years of the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), 50 years of the Santarém Document, 60 years of the Missionary Cultural Center (CCM) and 70 years since the founding of the Bishops' Conference.
At the international level, the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith (POPF), the 150th birthday of Father Paolo Manna, founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union, and the 100th anniversary of the Motu Proprio of Pope Pius XI which designated the Mission Societies as Pontifical.
This Jubilee Year is "a time of awareness of mission ad gentes", Archbishop Magri pointed out, pointing out that the mission of evangelization is "a project of love" that encounters many challenges, one of which is to unite forces . "We are facing the challenge of reconstruction, organization and, above all, in the missionary projects we feel the need to join forces in terms of financial and human resources in contact with concrete realities. The pandemic has revealed greater realities. In this missionary Spirit, we feel a great need not to close ourselves to our own needs. The missionary call is always in the sense of the Church which goes forth. It is a call to missionary openness". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/4/2022)