"We must break the stories of slavery in order to inspire a process of resilience -the capacity to overcome negative conditions with love."

On 22nd February 2001, two of us from Divine Word Missionaries went to Mother Theresa of Calcutta home to share our lives and mission. Mother Theresa of Calcutta homes were founded in 1988 by an SVD bishop, Jorge Novak, in Quilmes, South of the great Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The National March for Life was held in Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America on Thursday and Friday, 21-22 January 2016. It gathered people from everywhere in USA with an average of 75% of youth, most of whom were college and high school students.

Republic Day of our country was celebrated by Janvikas Society with Rag Pickers on 26th Janurary 2016. Six hundred Rag Pickers, some working at dumping ground and others from the neighboring slums gathered at Devguradia for the flag hoisting. Mr. Jhaganlal Ajnar (85) a waste picker himself was the chief guest of the program and hoisted the national flag. He has been working in the dumping ground for past 25 years.

About 150 mission scholars, practitioners and interested people gathered in Melbourne last October for the International Mission Symposium – an event aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s decree on Mission, Ad Gentes.

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Pope Francis calls Christians to take action for mother earth. “If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith”. (LS 64)

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Kids from KinderGardens in slums run by Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai gathered at St. Arnold’s Hall, Andheri (E) on Saturday 5th December 2015.

Children's Day was celebrated at Janvikas, Indore (INC-India) with the children from the Bridge Course Centers (Non-Formal Education centres for the working and drop out children) situated in different slums of Indore city. Around 150 children gathered for the celebration. Ms. Seema Virang, Councillor, Indore Municipal Corporation was the Chief Guest and Fr. Nicholas Martis, Rector, Catholic Ashram Palda was the Guest of Honour.

By:Daisuke Narui, SVD

There were so many refugees sitting on benches, floor, outside the station at the Vienna Central Station. Literally, the station was flooded with refugee people. At that time, most of refugees arriving at Vienna station do not remain in Austria, but proceed to Germany or other northern countries next morning. An SVD parish, Pfarre zum Göttlichen Wort, which is located near the station, has been helping those people and I could see a part of their activity on 14th September, 2015.

Open-pit megamines, deforestation, eviction of families and whole communities. Indigenous peoples and traditional communities threatened by those interested in mining their territories. Pollution of the water, the land, and the air.

Mining transportation channels impact hundreds of communities living along the pipelines or railways that export the vast majority of our minerals.

Every day, Christians all around the world proclaim that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Every time we make the sign of the cross we are blessing ourselves or blessing others in the name of the Holy Trinity.

In 2011 the SVDs in Hungary celebrated the 10th anniversary of its mission summer camps. These camps which were started in 2001 have drawn hundreds of young people from across Hungary, both practicing and non-practicing Catholics, even those who are not so familiar with the Christian faith.

The summer camps had a very humble beginning. It started with one single camp, but later on, since more and more young people were interested in participating, it developed into three camps every summer. Each year 300 hundred children and youth attend these camps.

Since the beginning, these camps were called Mission Camps for a couple of reasons. First of all it is a means of mission animation. During the camps the participants are introduced to the mission realities. There are usually presentations on a particular mission country or mission experience given by a missionary. The SVD confreres who are from other countries contribute to the missionary atmosphere of the camps. Through their presence during the camps the participants are introduced to different cultures where the SVD confreres come from through songs, dance and even food.

Secondly, the camps are also aimed at bridging the gaps that exist within the Hungarian society, between the haves and have-nots, between the Hungarian majorities and the gypsy minorities, between those who come from peaceful family back grounds and those who come from broken homes. It is always heart-breaking to witness that although these disparities might be difficult to overcome at the beginning of the camps by the end of the camp differences are pushed to the background so much so that true friendships and mutual acceptance take place as the fruit of these camps.

Thirdly, mission awareness is given to the participants through mission oriented programs such as making handicrafts which will be sold to support a certain mission country or a particular mission project. The participants engage in visiting the nearby nursing homes and giving some faith-related presentations at the city centre.

The fruit of these camps can be seen not only in the growing interest for these camps, but also in those who had come to the previous camps would volunteer to be helpers; and some religious vocations and a couple good marriages have also emerged from these camps.

Fransiskus Magung SVD, Mission Secretary

At our parish in Nysa we have a group of 50 people who are involved in New Evangelization. They are well prepared for this work. Most of them finished special courses organized by various Schools of New Evangelization in Poland or abroad.

The catechists have been indeed a great support to the Church in the evangelization of the people. They accompany more closely the life of the communities, especially, where the priest cannot be present continuously.

It is worth noting that in the last trip to Central America, from the EVD we have placed a special focus on presenting the DOCAT. An evangelizing project which is aimed at making our young people to become aware of the social doctrines of the church and, above all to call them to live according to the basic principles of the Love, Justice and Truth as underlined in the doctrines.

The bible day was celebrated in the Divine Word Centre in Chennai on 9th December 2017. The participants spent the entire day with the living Word of God by means of various games, quiz, skit, etc. Each and every program was based on the bible organized in such a way that the participants were all inspired to read, to study and to be more familiar with the Word of God.

Hundreds of people attended a one day biblical seminar on ‘how to read the Bible’. The seminar was organized by Fr. Valan, SVD as the Biblical Apostolate Coordinator of India - Hyderabad Divine Word Missionaries Province (INH) and Fr. James, SVD as the speaker.

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