- Jan 28, 2020
More than 600 people participated in the 5th National Missionary Conference held this week in Neuquen, Argentina, and committed to redoubling their efforts for a “Church that goes out.” The theme of the Nov. 18-20 event was “Argentina in Mission, the Gospel is Joy.” It was hosted by Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Croxatto of Comodoro Rivadavia.
Turkey is a storied area in the history of Christianity. Early church communities began here and later expanded to the rest of the world. St. Paul traversed the region during his missionary journeys. Much has changed since then. Today, the majority of Turkey’s 80 million inhabitants are Muslim. The number of Christians is estimated at about 100,000.
In the context of the Central African Republic’s extreme poverty, Chilean missionary Father Yovane Cox has managed to build a school for 300 children and hopes to build another with the capacity for 400 students. The persecution Christians in the Central African Republic are facing is coming from a mostly Muslim group “which is being politically manipulated,” Cox said.
According to the postulators of the cause for the sainthood of Cardinal Celso Costantini, if the Church in China could go underground after the Communist revolution and remain strong until now, it is mostly due to the work of the missionary bishop. The opening of the diocesan phase for his beatification has consequences today: It is reviving the discussion around the difficult current situation between China and the Holy See.
“You are called to further your charism, to project yourselves with renewed zeal in the work of evangelization, in view of pastoral urgencies and new forms of poverty,” Pope Francis told a group of men and women missionaries at the Vatican and encouraged them to build bridges with Muslims.
French police are searching for a masked gunman suspected of stabbing an elderly woman at a residence for retired priests, nuns and others who have worked on missions in Africa. The identity of the assailant and motive for the killing remain unclear. He’s believed to be armed with a knife and a gun.