Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - "Missionaries are models of the Church that goes forth", proposes Cardinal Marc Ouellet, president of the Pontifical Council for Latin America in his message on the occasion of the Spanish-American Day that the Spanish Church celebrates tomorrow, Sunday March 5 across the country.
The celebration, deeply felt among all Catholics in the Iberian Peninsula, helps to recognize the special bond that exists between the ecclesial communities of the two continents, and pay homage to diocesan priests involved in OCSHA.
"I invite priests who feel the call to the mission ad gentes, not to be afraid: a world that needs God is waiting for you, Latin America awaits you!". This is how Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s message concludes, who takes up the theme of this year's Day: "Go without fear, to serve". In his message he recognizes the value of all the Spanish missionaries who throughout history have lit up faith in Latin America, and resumes the commitment to support the mission of the Church today, from a creative vision and adapted to our times.
This Day, celebrated in Spain since 1959, focuses in particular on the service offered by Spanish diocesan priests who are sent to exercise their priestly ministry in the Church of Latin America. The Episcopal Commission for Missions offers OCSHA a service to coordinate cooperation between the diocese of origin and destination. There are currently 267 OCSHA priests, missionaries in 20 countries of Latin America. Peru is the country with more missionaries, with 78 Spanish priests of OCSHA. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 04/03/2017)