Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

VATICAN DICASTERY DISABILITY VATICAN The #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities begins from 6 December with a series of video testimonies of Christians living with disabilities. By Benedict Mayaki, SJ The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch on Monday of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, “I am Church!” “I am Church” through Baptism In his message to persons with disabilities on the occasion of the International Day dedicated to them, Pope Francis noted that Baptism gives each one of us, “without exclusion or discrimination, the possibility of exclaiming, ‘I am Church!'” Echoing the Pope’s words, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life launched the videos, which will be released weekly, with the aim of highlighting the contribution that persons with disabilities offer to the ecclesial community on a daily basis. The videos will illustrate the work of evangelization carried out by some young deaf persons in Mexico, of a monastery in France where several nuns with...

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time June 21, 2020 WORD of the DAY Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops… So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father. (Matthew 10: 26-27/31-33) How shall I live this Word? The love of God and love of neighbor always go hand in hand: we cannot fail to feel the responsibility of proclaiming to others the beauty of our relationship with the Creator in all possible ways. In fact, our testimony comes from a heart that lets itself be filled by the love of God, who said: “Open your mouth, I want to fill it” (Ps 81:11). How can we be afraid of proclaiming the Gospel, and how can it be unnatural and forced if, by listening to that Word, we have become...

SECOND SATURDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SECOND SATURDAY of EASTER TIME April 25, 2020 WORD of the DAY He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16: 15) How shall I live this Word? Easter saw the resurrection of the Master, who appears to His own gathered in the Upper Room. And it is precisely them, still full of fear, whom Jesus sends for a truly universal, borderless mission: “Go into the whole world, proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” The Risen One is not afraid to entrust the proclamation of salvation to the hands of simple, unreliable, even traitorous men. Wherever the disciples of Jesus go, in all lands and in all cultures, they must proclaim the Good News that is the Gospel of Jesus. There are no more barriers of chosen people of Israel, there are no longer the borders of the Holy Land : in front of those poor hesitant disciples there is all creation! The Gospel cannot be contained neither in a people, nor in a culture, nor even in a...

The VDB mission today – 8th General Assembly

Election of new leadership Dagmar K. and her Central Council By VDB Delegate at GA8   Frascati, Italy, 28 July 2019 — After 10 days of intense sharing, discernment, prayers and communion among the 100 Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB) secular institute, their 8th General Assembly concluded on Sunday, July 28th. They harvest many fruits:   The AG8 has explored the main theme more deeply: ‘The Mission of the VDB Today’ along the reflection path pursued over the last two years: To deepen the importance of the VDB specific mission has in our life. To evaluate our responsibility to the mission, as a response to the Spirit who sends us. To identify the most urgent needs of people today, especially of our recipients and to reflect on the profound causes of these needs, to be able to intervene. To identify our most effective responses in order to make fruitful our being light and leaven in the world. The AG8 also elected the President General and the Vice President General, there were other seven (7) Councillors elected.  The Secretary and the Administrator are not elected but appointed by the President General and her Council. They are currently the largest secular institute...