Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood - The new bulletin has been published

10 October 2023

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It is the Pope's message to the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood on the occasion of its foundation by Bishop Forbin 180 years ago that is at the heart of the bulletin published these days. A "gift" from the Pope that came on Oct. 1, right at the opening of Missionary October and on the day we celebrate the memory of St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of the missions, who stated, "I would like to be a missionary not only for a few years, I would like to have been one from the creation of the world, and to be one until the consummation of the centuries.” In this issue, space is given to a talk by the secretary of the Indian Biblical Commission who offers a theological reflection on the episode of the healing of Nàaman, and to an in-depth historical look at Father Théofile Verbist, appointed in 1860 as director of the Pontifical Work of the Holy Childhood, founder of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who gave great impetus to the development of the Missionary Work among the Chinese, traveling himself to Mongolia and then to China where he died. Some testimonies arriving from different dioceses in Ghana, Haiti, India, Italy, Rwanda that attest to the vitality of the initiatives dedicated to the little ones and the commitment of those who follow them, are also part of the bulletin. In the section "The Voice of the Children," the bulletin takes us to Brazil, Ecuador and Scotland where a boy attending elementary school is carrying out an extraordinary mission by spreading the missionary rosary and its recitation among his peers. The October issue is complemented by an illustration of the project designed to support the Children's Centers of the Diocese of Bouganville in Papua New Guinea.