"Witness" the theme of the 7th Bulletin of Posi

09 February 2021

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"Witness" is the main theme of the January 2021 issue of the 7th Bulletin of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood entitled "Being witnesses of Jesus today". This is what Sister Roberta Tremarelli, Secretary General of Missionary Childhood underlines in the editorial: "Through Baptism, we are all invited and responsible to announce the Good News, first through the testimony of life and subsequently also in words, in order to bring the light of Christ to all" and recalls the words of Pope Francis at the Marian prayer of the Angelus of the Epiphany. Sister Roberta emphasizes: "In order to be a witness of Jesus, it is necessary first and foremost to know Him, that is to say, to have met Him, to believe in Him, to believe that He is alive and to have had such an experience of Him that left them fascinated and eager to get involved so that others meet Him in order to be happy. The Christian witness is he who lets the life of the Other, the Christ, shine through, since he let himself to be involved in the mission of God. He is the one who remembers with his own life and existence the life of Christ itself, proposing it in a concrete and current way. Therefore with our testimony". In many countries, the Day of Missionary Childhood was celebrated precisely in the vicinity of the solemnity of the Epiphany. Thinking of children, Sister Roberta writes "Witness consists in sharing with humility the faith and the joy that accompanies it, and who better than children and young people can teach us this humble attitude of the disciple?  They, in the simplicity and availability that characterize them, are today in the world joyful and credible witnesses of this proclamation, capable of transmitting the beauty of faith in Christ and of belonging to the Church. Therefore, the work of formation and animation carried out together with the children so that they are witnesses of the Gospel is fundamental. It is from the encounter with Christ that the missionary  commitment begins". The first pages of the Bulletin are dedicated to Bishop Charles de Forbin Janson, founder of the Society of the Holy Childhood, "witness to the missionary passion and prophet of the role of children in the evangelizing action of the Church"  while with regard to "The voice of children" there are contributions from the national directions of Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Ireland and from the dioceses: Myanmar, diocese of Loikaw; Thailand, Watsongkhon; Papua New Guinea, diocese of Vanimo; India, diocese of Palghat; South Africa, diocese of Umzimkulu; Kenya, diocese of Nakuru; Uganda, diocese of Kasana-Luweero; Zambia, diocese of Kabwe; Angola, diocese of Cabinda. Finally, the column "Little missionaries ..." from Togo with the prayers of the missionary children.