The Venezuelan Episcopal Conference along with the Pontifical Mission for the Archdiocese of Maracaibo have announced the dates for the Fourth American Missionary Congress. The congress will reflect on the theme: “Missionary disciples of Jesus Christ in a Secular and Multicultural World.”
According to a communique released by the Holy See states that an estimated 4,000 missionaries from the continent are expected to attend the event which will be held this Fall from November 26th-December 1st.
The event’s site states that the American Missionary Congresses would provide a space to share and reflect on the missionary experiences in the continent.
“Their purpose is to renew the necessary and permanent commitment of the Church in Latin America, called to fulfil the mission of the Lord beyond geographical, cultural and religious differences,” the site explains.
Throughout the congress, 22 forums have been organized where leading experts will discuss various issues relating to the missionary experience. Some of the issues that will be discussed are:”missionary childhood and adolescence, subject and future of the mission; the challenge of youth cultures to the mission of the Church; the inculturation of the liturgy; evangelisation and political ideas; the protection of creation; the missionary challenge of human mobility; the centrality of the Word of God to the mission of the Church; dialogue and proclamation to non-believers; the proclamation of Jesus Christ in Afro-American and indigenous cultures; popular religiosity, a way to evangelisation; evangelising urban cultures: from the temple to the house; and mission and ecumenism.”