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POPE FRANCIS SENDS LETTER FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF ÓSCAR ROMERO

24 May 2015 – (www.news.va - Vatican Radio – 23 May 2015) – (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Archbishop of San Salvador, Msgr. José Luis Escobar Alas, on the occasion of the beatification of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez. In the letter, the Holy Father says that “the voice of the newly Blessed continues to resonate today to remind us that the Church, a convocation of brothers surrounding their Lord, is the family of God, in which there should be no division.”

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POPE FRANCIS' LETTER TO CARDINAL TURKSON

24 May 2015 – (www.news.va - Vatican Radio – 23 May 2015) - Pope Francis sent a letter on Friday to Cardinal Turkson – President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace – on occasion of the International Conference held on the theme ‘Women and the post-2015 Development Agenda: the Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.

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COMBONI SPIRITUALITY: TOWARDS THE 18TH GENERAL CHAPTER IN THE SPIRIT OF THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

23 May 2015 – (By Fr. Daniel Moschetti) - The joy of the Gospel comes from our personal encounter with the Master of the Mission (John 15:10-11). This joy has to be nourished in us and in our community as essential element of evangelization and later on transmitted to the people entrusted to us: joy and passion for what we do, what we witness, what we believe and what we preach (cf. 1 John 1:3-4).
The theme calls us to a radical change in terms of quality of life as individuals, communities and Institute at large. It calls for conversion, prayer and collaboration.
Joy is safeguarded through a positive approach to reality, and love for the Church, the Institute and the People of God. Thus, it becomes an expression of hope rooted in the heart of God who is able to bring new things out a reality of despair and death which we very often experience in our African context. (John 15.10-11).
We are convinced of having indeed a rich and solid one Comboni Spirituality, heritage of our holy Founder and of his many followers of his, which can give sound basis for today’s mission. The spiritual patrimony is the basis of our identity and must be preserved, deepened and inculturated in the African context of our mission.
The celebration of the 150 years of Comboni’s plan, the anniversary of some confreres and of important events of our history help us to rekindle our Comboni spirituality. Our missionaries’ missionary zeal, great capacity of self-giving, commitment to make common cause with the people even in hard times, witness to their strong spirituality and enrich our spiritual heritage.
The confreres who live in the places where our Founder lived and died are aware of being in a privileged mission. These places are part of our historical heritage which gives us strength and inspires us to face today’s challenges. The recent renovations in Cordi Iesu Sanctuary in Cairo with the creation of a crypt are meant to give value to this spiritual legacy.
The province of South Sudan is supporting the project of the Religious Superiors Association of South Sudan (RSASS) to build a National Centre for human, pastoral and spiritual formation, peace building and trauma healing in Kit - Juba. We reckon this commitment as a Kairós for the Church in South Sudan where there is much need of a sound spirituality, reconciliation and healing for everybody and not only for the religious.
Our spirituality needs to be rooted in a personal encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, poor, chaste, obedient and totally dedicated to accomplish the Father’s will in mission. It is in this ongoing relationship that our life is influenced and transformed, removing that dichotomy between prayer and life. Such is the challenge of true sanctity as presented in Evangelii Gaudium.
We should foster community environments where a sharing of our faith journey is possible and facilitated. We should integrate in our prayer the witness, joys, sorrows and concerns of people we meet in our apostolate. All community gatherings and assemblies should have community prayer and discernment as a source of inspiration. We should promote ways of including insights of African spirituality into our prayer.
Our hopes and dreams regarding this spiritual dimension is to become a true cenacle of apostles who evangelize together; that we invest truly in the building of communities where we can live the evangelical values, sharing our life with simplicity as community of apostles. This implies putting Jesus at the centre of our lives, and as a result that there would be greater mutual acceptance and encouragement among us.
We are longing for an integrated spirituality that establishes a balance between pastoral work and spiritual life and that embarks on practical ways of rekindling the Joy of the Gospel in each Confrere. Our being and our doing should be reconciled and harmonized together.
We are thirsty for a spirituality that is focused on the Word of God, the writings of Comboni and Comboni spirituality. The spirituality of the pierced Heart of Jesus is at the basis of our identity; it should be preserved and developed in the whole Institute.
To understand that being missionaries is not just doing mission, but to take one step forward to be Christ-like in our behaviour and in our style of life. We may be missionaries who are “contemplative in action” (RM no. 91).
Fr. Daniel Moschetti

THE STORY OF ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO

23 May 2015 – (www.news.va - Vatican Radio) - Something is happening in El Salvador on the 23rd of May. Not just the usual rampant violence in this nation which has one of the world’s highest murder rates. But a celebration for this majority Christian nation: the beatification ceremony of one of its sons, Archbishop Oscar Romero.

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SOUTH SUDAN: ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE POINTS TO FAILED REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTION

22 May 2015 – (www.amnesty.org – 21 May 2015) - New research conducted by Amnesty International on the surge in military activity in South Sudan over the past weeks clearly shows that regional and international efforts to end the human suffering caused by armed conflict in South Sudan have failed.

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HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST LAUNCHES HUNGER STRIKE FOR SOUTH SUDAN

23 May 2015 – (enoughproject.org - 20 May 2015) - On May 15, South Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng began “a hunger strike for South Sudan.” In addition to fasting and protesting outside the White House for the past 6 days, Deng has released an open letter to President Barack Obama calling on the U.S. government to play a more active role in supporting peace in South Sudan.

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