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By: Msgr. Siluvai National Director – PMS India. PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES IN INDIA. To execute the last testament of the Risen Lord.

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by msgr siluvai national director pms india
By: Msgr. Siluvai

National Director – PMS India

PONTIFICAL

MISSION

SOCIETIES

IN INDIA

role mission

To execute the last testament of the Risen Lord.

“The missionary mandate of the Risen Lord accompanies us into the Third Millennium & urges us to share the same enthusiasm of the very first Christians as Peter, Paul , John etc..”

NMI – Pope John Paul - II

ROLE & MISSION
early church in india

The 1500 years saw the Growth of Christianity in the Subcontinent –Malabar (Kerala) & Madras

The 15th Century marked the 2nd Spring of Christianity in India.

Arrival of the Portuguese and Missionaries like

St Francis Xavier, St Gonzalo Gracia and

St John de Britto

Christianity spread across the East & West Coast

The “Missionary Zeal” saw Mission Hospitals & Mission Schools bring +ve Relief, Charity, Zeal & Empowerment

Early Church in India
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1969 National Bishops Conference to implement the Vatican Council II

1973 Consultation on Evangelization took place in Patna

Role of the Church in India

The BISHOP will promote:

Evangelization work among the faithful

The Papal Mission Works

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The PRIESTS should:

Stir up and persevere amid the faithful a Zeal for evangelization of the World

The LAITY will:

Cooperate in the Church’s work of Evangelization as witnesses

As living Instruments, they share in her saving Mission especially if they have been called by God and accepted by the Bishop

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The Religious Institutes are:

Bound to practice with greater perfection their role in active and contemplative life

Obliged & impelled to a truly Catholic spirit of work in and through prayer, suffering and works of penance & charity

Professors in Seminaries & Universities shall:

Teach young people the true state of the Church and focus on the “Missionary Elements” while teaching on the Dogmas, biblical, moral and historical branches, to form missionary awareness in the future priests

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The Whole people of God shall:

Lead a profoundly Christian Life

Have a lively awareness of their responsibility to the world

Foster in themselves a truly catholic spirit

Spend their forces in the work of evangelization

Church Post Vatican II
contribution of christians to education healthcare development irrespective of caste or creed
Contribution of Christians to Education, Healthcare, Development irrespective of Caste or Creed
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Contribution of Christians to Education, Healthcare, Development irrespective of Caste or Creed
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Contribution of Christians to Education, Healthcare, Development irrespective of Caste or Creed
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Contribution of Christians to Education, Healthcare, Development irrespective of Caste or Creed
introspect

Where is Christ in these Institutions?

Are these expressions of Christ’s presence

in society?

“Our Institutions Lost Charity in the 1970’s, Lost Service in the 1980’s and Mission itself in 1990’s ….. Anonymous

“The Catholic Institutions reflect the Colonial Architecture but they are hiding the face of Christ” ......Blessed Paolo Manna

INTROSPECT……
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Significant increase in religious vocations

Priests and Missionaries from India travel the World to announce the Gospel

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service's role in Faith Building and Formation of the Laity

Proclamation Commission’s for the Active Proclamation of God’s Word using novel methods

Missionary work in remote corners of

the country

“Your sons, O India, will be the ministers of your salvation” …..Pope Leo XIII

Church – Today in India
challenges

Traditionally tolerant Hindus turn hostile toward peace loving India Christians

How can a 2.3% Christian population threaten 85% Hindu population ?

India a land of religious people and several ancient religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Sufi etc are religions born in India

India is also home to Christianity, Islam, Parsi.. all of different ethnicities, languages and strong tradition that is deeply ingrained in the spirit and composition of the Indian

Challenges.….
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Existence of Caste System among Christians.

(It is the grading of humans based on caste from High to Low, based on the degree of purity or impurity reputedly inherited by birth)

Indian Christians treated as anti-national by the Majority Community and Government

Atrocities against Christians

Challenges.….
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Christians in Gujarat being Systematically targeted since 1990’s

Burning and killing of Dr. Staines and his 2 sons

Rape of Catholic Nuns in Jhabua (MP), Khandhamal (Orissa)

Fr. Christudas paraded naked in MP

Churches - vandalized, burnt down, desecrated in various parts of the country

Inspiring Growth of the PMS“In the wake of Persecution”
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Atrocities in Orissa - Dec 2007 to Aug 2008

33 Christians Killed

Thousands of Christian Houses Burned

Over 50,000 Christians run into the forests and make shift refugee camps

Aug 24, 2008 saw a Catholic Nun in Kandhamal dragged and gang raped by Hindu extremists in the presence of police, while she pleaded for help.

“Truly it was a rape of the Love, Compassion and Service, that she stands for”

Inspiring Growth of the PMS“In the wake of Persecution”
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Victims & refugees of Khandamal, in the forests insist on contributing towards Mission Sunday and collect INR. Rs. 30,000/-(US $750)

Manipur : 1952 – 350 New Baptized Catholics

: 2008 – 80,000 Catholics

Kohima : 1950 – No Catholic Presence

: 2008 – 56,000 Catholics

(Catholic nun from Spain sent by the Governor of Assam to cater to sick. Her prayer , zeal and evangelizing effort, sees 56000 Catholics in Kohima today)

Inspiring Growth of the PMS“In the wake of Persecution”
church in india dedicated to the mission of christ

The 2nd Vatican Council spoke of the Church being “Missionary by it very Nature”

Just as in the 1st Millennium, the cross was planted in the soil of Europe and the 2nd Millennium on that of Americas and Africa, WE PRAY that in the 3rd Millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital continent ASIA

…… Pope John Paul II

(Ecclesia in Asia)

Church in India – Dedicated to the Mission of Christ