Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Three decades after their publication in 1991, the two documents, "Redemptoris Missio" and "Dialogue and Proclamation" remain as fundamental pillars of present-day Church’s mission. It is with this in mind that the congress "Thirty years since 'Redemptoris Missio' and 'Dialogue and Proclamation': developments, fruits, new opportunities", will be held from June 21 to 24 at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, organized by the Missiology Faculty of the Pontifical Urbaniana University, the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (IACM), in collaboration with the Pontifical Missionary Union, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Besides reflecting on how the two documents have inspired missionary activity so far and evangelization around the world, the Congress will address their current validity, asking whether and how they can provide guiding principles as the Church mission responds to new challenges emerging in a rapidly changing world. The lectures by specialists from a broad range of ecclesial and academic perspectives, and missionary contexts, will offer abundant stimuli for reflection and exchange. A special feature of the conference, animated by the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (IACM), is that of giving the opportunity to missiology students and staff of Urbaninana, as well as other participants, to share their research by delivering short papers by groups of three, followed by time for discussion. Work begins on June 22 on "Thirty years since Redemptoris missio. Fruits and new opportunities", by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. This is followed by a presentation on "Redemptoris Missio and Missiological Studies. Presuppositions and Implications", by Prof. Sandra Mazzolini, Dean of the Faculty of Missiology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University. Fr. Dinh Anh Nhue Nguyen OFM Conv, Secretary General of the Pontifical Missionary Union, Director of CIAM and Agenzia Fides will speak on the theme "Biblical Foundations of Mission in Redemptoris Missio and the Church’s Present and Future Mission.
The report on "Mission Education in the Church. Shaping worldviews, sensibilities and commitments" is proposed by Prof. Therese D'Orsa of the Australian Institute of Theological Education.
On June 23, there will be reflections on "Thirty years since Dialogue and Proclamation", with a speech by Card. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), while Msgr. Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage, Secretary of the PCID, will speak on "The Journey of the PCID before and after Dialogue and Proclamation". Prof. Michael Barnes SJ, of the University of Roehampton, UK, will speak on "Word and Spirit: Theology of Religions after Three Decades of Dialogue and Proclamation", while Prof. Catherine Cornille (Boston College, USA) will give a lecture on "Proclamation as Food for Dialogue". This conference will be followed by a presentation on "Dialogue and Proclamation in the context of the Middle East", by Jamal Khader, Patriarchal Vicar of Jordan; and "Dialogue and Proclamation 31 years later: Inspirations for the Hindu-Christian encounter", by Prof Gaetano Sabetta, professor at the Pontifical Urbaniana University.
On June 24, the "African Responses to the Chal lenges of Mission in the Light of Redemptoris Missio, Dialogue and Proclamation" will be held by Fr. Onykachukwu Joseph Amaegwu, SFM, of Bigard Memorial Seminary, Nigeria. Then there will be the report "The Church’s Mission in the light of new religious developments. Reflections from Latin America", by Leandro Bedin Fontana ('Institut für Weltkirche und Mission', Frankfurt).
The work ends with a plenary discussion with all the speakers, while the final considerations are entrusted to Fr. Wojciech Kluij OMI, President of the IACM. The Eucharistic celebration presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will be the closing event of the Congress. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 21/6/2022)