Sao Paulo (Agenzia Fides) - The concern for the coming years is how to keep alive the missionary dynamism in the Church in Brazil, lit up in the Extraordinary Missionary Month: for Mgr. Odelir José Magri, Bishop of Chapecó and President of the Episcopal Commission for missionary Animation of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), the main instrument is the recently launched National Missionary Program.
In a statement released by the Bishops' Conference sent to Fides, the Bishop presents some reflections on the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 which is about to come to an end.
Referring to his diocese, Chapecó, to his region, Soul 4, and considering the information disseminated in social networks, Mgr. Magri states that the Extraordinary Missionary Month was lived by the dioceses, parishes and communities in Brazil, and undoubtedly has increased missionary awareness in the Brazilian Church. Another index of participation can be deduced from the large amount of material requested throughout Brazil: for example, about 25,000 copies of the Guide to the Extraordinary Missionary Month were distributed.
The Church's involvement in the Extraordinary Missionary Month was also expressed with the concrete gesture of the collection during World Mission Sunday, with many communities that made missionary visits, closing with a prayer vigil. Although there are many other things to evaluate for an objective and concrete assessement, Mgr. Magri stresses that, in general, people accepted and made their own the proposals of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, living it intensely, "with a greater awareness of the mission. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/10/2019)