AMERICA/BRAZIL - "Sister Churches": collection of Pentecost for the mission in Mozambique

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 missionary animation   missio ad gentes   local churches  

Porto Alegre (Agenzia Fides) - The Church of Rio Grande do Sul (Regional Sul 3) took over the project of Mission Ad Gentes in the Archdiocese of Nampula, Mozambique, 28 years ago. Since 1994, nearly 70 missionaries have been sent to this African country through the "Sister Churches" project, while thousands of others have ensured, through their prayers and their sharing, the continuity of the mission. The Pentecost collection on June 4 and 5 offers everyone the opportunity to contribute to the mission in Mozambique. This weekend, all the parishes and communities of Rio Grande do Sul will carry out the collection to support this action and other missionary actions. Audio and video media have been prepared for this purpose, as well as the page. According to the note sent to Fides, the collection, transmitted in full by the archdiocese to the Regional Missionary Council, aims to maintain and strengthen the Sister Churches Project - Mozambican Mission, with the sending and support of missionaries. It also supports the activity of the Regional Missionary Council in the State, which promotes formation, missionary meetings and collaborates with the Pontifical Mission Societies, as well as missionary projects in the Amazon. The missionary team present today in Mozambique includes Fathers Luiz Weber (diocese of Santo Ângelo) and Camilo Pauletti (diocese of Caxias do Sul) and lay people Maria Bernardete Acadroli (diocese of Caxias do Sul) and Maria Isabel Tromm (diocese of Joinville). The main commitment of this missionary team is to be interested in the reality of the local population, accompanying and integrating into the community of Vila de Moma, on the northern coast of Mozambique. Since 1994, the activities of successive Brazilian missionary teams have focused on the areas of health, education, promotion of women and human rights, as well as religious and pastoral care. Currently, the missionary team takes care of two parishes with more than 150 communities and supports two social projects in the field of education: a community library which welcomes a hundred students a day and the literacy and tutoring Murima Wa Mwana ("Heart of the Child"), which has 12 classes, 153 students and 20 volunteers. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 18/5/2022)