AMERICA/VENEZUELA - Bishops’ go ahead for 3rd National Mission Congress 26 - 30 March 2008: increasing Catholics’ awareness of the call to mission

Friday, 19 January 2007

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in Venezuela will hold its 3rd National Mission Congress in 2008. The proposal, advanced by the Pontifical Mission Societies national office and the National Mission Council, was approved by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference during its recent 82nd plenary meeting Fides was informed by National Director of the PMS in Venezuela, Fr. José Rafael Romero Linares.
The goal of the Congress is to increase awareness among Catholics of the call to mission using means and methods adapted to the different ecclesiastical situations in the various pastoral zones. Moreover the Congress aims to overcome the idea that missionary pastoral is something separate from the life of the Church Venezuela, in order to foster its inclusion in all church pastoral care in various fields, social, health-care, vocations, family, youth, children, education, liturgy, laity...
The 3rd National Mission Congress will have various stages with preparation starting early this year 2007 in every diocese and parish with missionary animation and reflection, discussing concrete situations and suitable means and ways to announce Jesus Christ in every region as called for by the first document of the Plenary Council of Venezuela, which stressed the need for " prophetic proclamation of Jesus Christ in the world of today". (RG) (Agenzia Fides 19/1/2007; righe 19, parole 242)