Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - A total of 80 bishops recently appointed in areas of Africa, Asia, America and Oceania that come under the first department of the Dicastery of Missions will take part in the study seminar that the Dicastery of Evangelization is organizing for them. The seminar will open on Monday, September 5th, at the Pontifical College of St. Paul the Apostle, with a Mass presided over by Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, and on Saturday, September 17th, with a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and an audience with Pope Francis.
The custom of seminaries, established in 1994, aims to offer all bishops who have recently been appointed to govern the parishes of the mission areas, at the beginning of their mandate, a period of reflection, of deepening their knowledge of life and the episcopal ministry, of dialogue and prayer. The speakers are leading personalities from the church world. The program includes three lectures a day, followed by discussions and group work. The day begins with a joint service and the prayer of Lauds and ends with the prayer of Vespers.
During the seminar, the participants deal with eight basic topics, each of which is deepened in various lectures. The first theme is "The relationship between the diocesan Bishop and the Dicastery for Evangelization". The two days of study will open with the lectures of Archbishops Protase Rugambwa ("The Service of the Dicastery to the New Particular Churches") and Giampietro Dal Toso ("The Pontifical Mission Societies: Structures, Competences and Activities").
The second theme, "The Roman Curia", will be presented on Wednesday September 7th
by Msgr. Marco Mellino, who will speak on reform of the Roman Curia, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher on the Holy See and relations with States , with references to relations with local governments.
Two study days on September 8th and 9th will be dedicated to evangelization and will deal with the proclamation of the faith, the use of the media, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, educational institutions, the ministry of charity and the college of bishops. Among others,
Msgr. Rino Fisichella, Msgr. Angelo Vincenzo Zani as well as Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer will give lectures.
The theme of the Liturgy (“Il munus sanctificandi del Vescovo”) will be expounded by Card. Arthur Roche on September 10th, while on Sunday September 11th at Castel Gandolfo the bishops will experience a day of spiritual retreat preached by Card. Raniero Cantalamessa.
Several reports will deal with the theme of the Clergy, on 12 and 13, with contributions from Card. Lazzaro You Heung-Sik, Bishop Vincenzo Viva, Bishop Charles Jude Scicluna, Father Armando Nugnes and Father Hans Zollner.
Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca and Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta will address the theme of diocesan structures on September 14th. The last two themes of the
Seminar, Consecrated Life and the Laity, will be presented on September 15 and 16 by Msgr. José Rodriguez Carballo and Sister Genowefa Kudlik, Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, Mrs. Linda Ghisoni and Mrs. Gabriella Gambino. Card. Richard Kuuia Baawobr, Bishop of Wa. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 2/9/2022)