Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - The Brazilian Union of Catholic Education (UBEC) and the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Brazil are organizing a free, short-term course on the occasion of the 2021 Missionary Campaign. The course is offered by the Catholic University of Brasilia, as part of the "EaD Catholic Hope" project, and provides for the issue of a university certificate. As the note sent to Fides informs, the aim of the course is to present the history, objectives, contents and articulation of Mission Day, Missionary Month and the 2021 Missionary Campaign, in addition to the Pope's Message and animation material. At the end of this course, the participants will be able to contribute more to the journey of missionary animation of their respective ecclesial communities and to assume greater responsibilities in missionary councils and in the Pontifical Mission Societies.
This year's missionary campaign in the Brazilian Church has as its theme "Jesus Christ is a mission" and as biblical inspiration from the Acts of the Apostles "We cannot help but speak of what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) are responsible for organizing the Campaign, which has been been taking place in October since 1972, with the support of the Commission for Missionary Action and Inter-Church Cooperation of the Bishops' Conference. Since the creation of the project, called "EaD Catholic Hope", more than ten thousand people from all regions of the country and also from abroad have blessed this opportunity. "The free offer of free courses is linked to the relevant mission of the UBEC Group of serving society through education, as well as representing the institutional commitment to the mission of the Catholic Church," said Joaquim Alberto, coordinator of UBEC pastoral care, at the head of the project. Father Maurício Jardim, National Director of the PMS, highlights: "The joint work of the PMS with UBEC in the animation of the Missionary Campaign is an important step in the articulation of the Missionary Month, which allows, to a greater extent, the qualification of pastoral workers and of the missionary councils in the preparation and animation of the month of October ". In this journey of preparation for Missionary Month and World Mission Day, the latest issue of the magazine of the PMS of Brazil, SIM, is entirely dedicated to the Missionary Campaign 2021, highlighting the testimonies of the missionaries who are at the forefront in this context. pandemic. This issue of the magazine presents at the beginning a reflection on the history of Mission Sunday, established in 1926 by Pope Pius XI, and celebrated annually on the penultimate Sunday in October. In addition, the materials prepared for the animation of the missionary campaign and the activities of the various Pontifical Mission Societies are presented. Finally, mention is made of Brazil's contribution to the Universal Solidarity Fund for the support of the missionary Churches. (SL) (Agenzia Fides 21/09/2021)