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Christmas among Lahu and Akha tribals of Fang
Dressed in traditional clothing, whole villages in procession carry the statue of baby Jesus to the church where Christmas mass is celebrated. A still immature religion, but one that is growing among younger people. The mission of Fr Massimo Bolgan, PIME, 12 years in Thailand.
PIME missionary: Akha tribals' embrace of Baby Jesus (photo)
Fr. Valerio Sala has been a missionary in Mae Suay, on the border with Myanmar for six years. He cares for 29 villages that have no stable priest. From early December until January 2, he has visited 11 to celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee and Christmas. "It's nice to see the tribal kissing the statue of the Child Jesus. Symbols are sacred to them and the Lord is present in that gesture. " Forgiveness and mercy of the Jubilee "are revolutionary concepts for the Akha."
PIME missionary: Thai Church "growing and developing" in faith
The Christian community is preparing for the Christmas festivities, continuing inititives started in the Year of Faith. The work of the catechists and centers that are home to over 170 children. The role of the missionaries "in the life of the local Church." In prayer, the "presence of God" for life.
Fr. Speziale, PIME and mission on the banks of the Brahmaputra
The apostolate of education among the Bagdi tribal in Manikgonj District, a very poor and illiterate population, is one of PIME’s commitments in Bangladesh. Launched in 2000, the mission is hampered by regular landslides and erosion caused by rivers. Today hundreds of children go to school.
PIME priest: from the "crumbs" of Fang, a testimony of faith and mission
From celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Fr. Zimbaldi’s ordination to the priesthood to baptisms celebrated at Easter, the small community in northern Thailand confirms its vitality. The "missionary" spirit of children, who invite parents to attend mass. The blessing of the church dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption, in Akha tribal village.
Good Gospel tidings among Fang animists
Jesus Christ intrigues mountain communities. Some 20,000 catechumens are preparing for baptism. Ordinary people bear witness to their stories, like the first nun and the first priest among ethnic Akha. Young Christian families offer love and forgiveness, inducing entire villages to convert.
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