Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

 Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
 Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
 Sretan Bozic i Nova godina
 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
 Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
 Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
 Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
 Feliz Navidad y Prospero año nuevo
 God Jul Och Ett Gott Nytt Ar
 Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr

“Go into all the world” - Cantalamessa about evangelization

Br. Raniero Cantalamessa, Capuchin and preacher of the papal household, talks in his Advent mediation before the Pope about Evangelization. In the invitation he describes his intention: “In response to the Supreme Pontiff’s call for a renewed commitment to evangelization and by way of preparation for the 2012 synod of bishops on the same issue, I intend to identify in these Advent meditations four waves of evangelization in the history of the Church, that is, four moments in which we witness an acceleration or a taking up again of the missionary commitment. These are:
1) The spread of Christianity in the first three centuries, until the eve of Constantine’s edict, which is led by, first, the itinerant prophets, and then the bishops;
2) The 6th to 9th centuries in which we witness the re-evangelization of Europe after the Barbarian invasions — evangelization led by the work above all of monks;
3) The 16th century, with the discovery and conversion to Christianity of the peoples of the “New World” — the work above all of friars;
4) The present age, which sees the Church committed to a re-evangelization of the secularized West, with the decisive participation of the laity. In each of these moments I shall attempt to illumine what we can learn in the Church of today: the errors that must be avoided and the examples to be imitated and the specific contribution that pastors, monks, religious of active life and the laity can make to evangelization.”
Read his reflection:
Friday December 2nd, 2011 
1st Advent Sermon
First Wave of Evangelization 
La prima ondata di evangelizzazione
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Friday December 9th, 2011
2nd Advent Sermon
The Second Wave of Evangelization
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free.
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What the missionary say about Brussels

At the end of the last session of our Inter-Franciscan Missionary Program (IFMP) the participants made their recommendations about the program. I publish some of them, without giving names. The question they answered was: “Do you have anything to suggest to the general secretaries of mission?” • Maybe the duration could be prolonged or done in 2 phases so as to avoid rushing or over-feeding. • It’s a pity that such a useful course is attended by such a small group of friars - due to expenses. Maybe it could be given in different locations (continents) to avoid transport expenses and accommodate more friars of the continent... • Ask the mission secretaries of each province of the Order to participate in this program. Make this compulsory. • Suggest secretaries for the missions in different entities who haven’t done a course in missiology to be attending/ to attend the course. it’s enriching for the province’s mission animation. • Introduce sessions on : Public Relations (PR); Communication (Media, website); How to be a missionary in Europe. • If you add some more subjects it would be good: ecumenism, human trafficking, public media introduction. • Topics for the future: one week for mass-media, communication with journalist, make own website, radio, Tv; how to find donations, communication with people who want to help own project. • A good news letter (semiannual or quarterly) of the IFMP be published and distributed among the franciscan Orders, Poor Clares, SFO, Youfra and other interested parties, so that we can promote and inform the missionary spirit of the franciscan family to the whole world. Also invite SFO, Franciscan Sisters, lay missionaries to study here in the IFMP. • All missionaries has to attend the course.

Msgr. Luigi Padovese - hearing ended after 4 minutes

Iskenderun (AsiaNews) – The second hearing in the trial of Murat Altun, who murdered Mgr Luigi Padovese, ended in Iskenderum after four minutes. Read more at AsiaNews Legge più su Oriente Christiano in Italiano

Br. Mauro visits Missionary Course

On November 14th the General Minister Br. Mauro visited the Missionary Course in Brussels. 12 friars from the first Order (among them 7 Capuchins) studied and discussed in English the challenges of a Franciscan mission today. The 3-month program started at the beginning of September and ended with a visit to Rome and Assisi. “Transcultural self-perception and perception of the other”, “Franciscan Mission Theology and History”, “Asian and African Culture”, “Mission at the service of the Kingdom of Justice, Peace & Ecology”, “Fraternal economy” and “Leadership” where some of the courses given by Friars from the 1st Order and some lay persons. For the Capuchins, Br. Bill Frigo from the Calvary Province in the US was a member of the steering committee. Br. Mauro Jöhri listened carefully to the experiences of the participants. For most of them it was the first experience of deep reflection about Franciscan mission. “I recognize that I have made many mistakes” one friar said.

The following brothers have participated: Isaac Kalluvettamkuzhil, ofmcap, and Lawrence K. Nadar George, ofmcap (St. Francis Province, Kerala, India, for GHANA), Fernand Winnibold Victor, ofmcap, (Karnataka, India, working in NORTH-EAST INDIA), Kilukkan Laiju, ofmcap, (St. Thomas Province, Kerala, India, working in Malawi), Robert Maxim Nazareth, ofmcap, (Karnataka, India, working in UGANDA), Ewald Nangay, ofmcap, and Benedict Mtena, ofmcap, (Tanzania, working in SOUTH-AFRICA).
Adam Klag, ofmconv, (Poland for UGANDA), Banda Ferdinand Masauso, ofmconv, and Mutale Cornelius, ofmconv, (Zambia), Eufrosino Solibar (YOSI), ofm, (Philippines for MAROCCO), Alfonso P., ofm, (Italy for FAR EAST).

The next course in French will be from February 27 to May 22nd, 2012 in Brussels. (Registrations before December 15th). Next course in English: 3rd September to 27th November 2012.

I am in Peru. Sunday 5, 2011, started the third capuchin meeting on migration. This time in the Americas. About 50 brothers are gathering in Limas suburb Ñaña for five days to discuss, experience and plan for action.

As migration in rampant in the Americas there are very many places where the brothers are confronted with communities affected by migration, be it through the loss of people leaving the country or by the challenge of welcoming migrant communities in the midst of places there have been for a long time.

Resource people from all Americas are coming in to facilitate the discussions and planings.

You can find more information on the blog of the Justice and Peace Office.
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