EUROPE/ROMANIA - Children's mission organizations from European countries come together in Bucharest: The focus is on cooperation

Friday, 5 April 2024 pontifical mission societies   missionary childhood   missionary animation   collaboration  

Bucharest (Agenzia Fides) - About fifty people will take part in the next meeting of representatives of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood in Europe, which will take place from next Sunday to Thursday, April 11, at the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Ciofliceni (Bucharest).
The meeting is organized by the Romanian Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in collaboration with CEME - “Conférence Enfance Missionnaire de l'Europe”, an organization that has coordinated the offices of the Pontifical Missionary Society for Children in European countries since 1973 with the aim of promoting the activities to promote the work. During the last meeting held in Geneva (Switzerland) in 2022 (see Fides, 1/4/2022), it was decided that the next meeting would take place in Romania, where participants from 23 countries will discuss the specific activities they carry out on the territory and will look together for ways of "Collaboration", according to the theme proposed by the International Secretariat of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood for this year's meeting.
Among those taking part in the event will be Sister Roberta Tremarelli, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood and Nancy Camilleri, President of CEME and Elke Grün, Secretary of CEME. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest, Aurel Percă, will preside over the Eucharistic celebration scheduled for 9 April, which will also be attended by the members of the Children's Missionary Society, who have prepared an artistic performance and a testimony of their missionary activity for the occasion. To conclude the work on Thursday, April 11, some participants will travel to Transylvania, accompanied by Father Eugen Blaj, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Romania, where they will meet children from different ethnic groups and Christian denominations. "It has been five very intensive years from a pastoral point of view in which we have tried to develop a missionary consciousness in the lives of the children and to help them become aware of the message of the Gospel of Jesus: rebirth to spiritual life," explains Matilda Andrici Gabor, who is responsible for the development of the children's missionary work that has been launched in Romania since 2019. “Thanks to the openness of the children, the parents, the priests and the bishops, but above all with the help of the Holy Spirit,, it was possible to sow the love for mission in the hearts of children in almost all the dioceses and eparchies of Romania". (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 5/4/2024)