Sunday, January 23, 2011

AFRICA: ZAMBIA: COURAGE TO PROCLAIM GOSPEL

Agenzia Fides REPORT – The National Council of the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) of Zambia met on 19 and 20 January 2011 at the Charles Lwanga Retreat Centre in Lusaka. “It was a very important meeting, because it allowed the Coordinators from the PMS to understand the diverse issues among the dioceses in our Country, to share the missionary experiences and to organise projects for missionary promotion and cooperation,” Father Bernard Makadani Zulu, National Director of the Zambian PMS told Fides. “It was an opportunity to share our various experiences and to improve our communication with others. Apart from profitable discussion, the Council decided on solid advances to promote the ends of the Pontifical Missionary Societies.” The attendees studied the PMS Statute and Manual, PMS and Holy See Documents, and the “Cooperatio missionalis” instruction to understand and appreciate the pastoral care significance of the PMS.
“This study has given birth to a communal reflection to improve the activity of promotion. Proposing initiatives, prescribing general guidelines and coordinating promotional activities. It helped us to find a strategy for the missionary campaign and the promotional and fundraising programs,” said Fr Makadani.
The diocesan Directors of the PMS emphasised the absolute necessity that every diocese actively participate in the World Day for Missions. “Even the poorest dioceses in the Country should take part in the celebrations of the World Day for Missions to contribute to the good of missions outside our borders,” states the National Council of the PMS in Zambia. “It is our wish that this national meeting becomes an opportunity to renew our vision of the missionary Church, to push us to act at a personal, diocesan, national and international level to find new motivation and courage to proclaim the Gospel,” concluded Fr Makadani.

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