Vijayawada (AsiaNews) - Reflecting
on the current state of the Church and preparing for the celebration of the
Year of Consecrated Life (2015): it is in this spirit that more than 150 priests,
religious sisters and gathered in India yesterday for a thorough study of Evangelii
Gaudium. The seminar took place in Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
Fr. Valle Joji Babu, a theologian of the diocese, opened the meeting by defining the Apostolic Exhortation the "manifesto" of Pope Francis, through which he encourages believers to "undertake with joy a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, through the their way of praying the Holy Scriptures and to exercise charity in everyday life. "
"The proclamation of the Gospel - said the priest - is really the heart of the apostolic exhortation. In the document, the pope repeatedly calls Christians to see themselves as apostles called to go into their worlds to proclaim the Good News of the love and Christ's forgiveness. The power of Jesus and his Church is unbeatable and formidable, and the world of today needs to be guided to Christ for salvation. "
In her speech, Sr. Benigna Menezes, MSI explained how Mary is the Mother of Evangelization and a special instrument used by God to be the agent of the New Evangelization in the modern world.
"In Gaudium in Evangelii - explained the religious - the Holy Father encourages the adoption of a 'Marian style ' of evangelization, praising the Blessed Virgin Mary as a revolutionary of love and tenderness."
The seminar concluded with a debate between Fr. Amalanathan SJ (Jesuit), Fr. Joji Reddy SDB (Salesians), Sr. Sleeva Thumma FMM (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary) and Sr. Noble FCC (Franciscan Poor Clares), in which the various speakers spoke of their charisma in light of Evangelii Gaudium.
* Mission of the Immaculate Conception, a congregation of women associated with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME)