Nuremberg (Agenzia Fides) - The Extraordinary Missionary Month was inaugurated at a national level in Münster on Sunday 6 October, with a celebration presided by the Bishop of Münster, Felix Genn, and concelebrated by some Bishops of north-eastern India. In fact the country chosen this year by Missio for missionary October is India. The feast that followed in the Cathedral square had the motto "Living the Mission", organized by Missio in collaboration with the diocese of Münster and Catholic youth movements.
On Friday, October 4, at the Friedenssaal (Peace Hall) in Münster, a common prayer for peace was held, in which Karin Reismann, mayor of Münster, welcomed the guests of north-eastern India, who experience conflict and violence in their daily lives.
In Nuremberg, in the parish church of Our Lady, Missio Monaco opened the Extraordinary Missionary Month on October 9, and sent guests from India as witnesses to the Bavarian dioceses. The Archbishop of Bamberg, Mgr. Ludwig Schick, was also present at the celebration, has visited Northeast India several times. In that region, Missio's partner organizations support the poor in mountain villages, strive for fair working conditions for tea growers and are committed to peace and environmental protection.
For four weeks, Missio München will therefore host several representatives of the Indian Church, including Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati; Bishop Michael Akasius Toppo, Bishop of Tezpur in Assam; Monsignor Lumen Monteiro, Bishop of Agartala, on the border with Bangladesh; Sister Cecilia Sad of the "Visitation Sisters of Don Bosco", Sister Martina Thabah and Brother Collinsius Wanniang (OFM). Guests will talk about the situation in their country of origin and their experiences during various events and will participate in celebrations with the faithful in Bavaria and the Palatinate.
For more information on the "Extraordinary Missionary Month" in Germany: www.missio.de and www.missio.com. (MS) (Agenzia Fides, 10/10/2019)