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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National Director – PMS 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 & EmpowermentEarly Church in India
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 WorksChurch Post Vatican II
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 BishopChurch Post Vatican II
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 priestsChurch Post Vatican II
Are these expressions of Christ’s presence
“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 MannaINTROSPECT……
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
“Your sons, O India, will be the ministers of your salvation” …..Pope Leo XIIIChurch – Today in India
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 IndianChallenges.….
(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 ChristiansChallenges.….
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 countryInspiring Growth of the PMS“In the wake of Persecution”
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”
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”
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