Posts Tagged ‘missione’

Oltretevere 23/8/2009

La nuova missione

Intervista de “La Stampa” a padre Piero Gheddo, direttore dell’Ufficio storico del Pontificio istituto missioni estere (Pime)


Padre Piero Gheddo, direttore dell’Ufficio storico del Pontificio istituto missioni estere (Pime), si apre oggi a Rimini il 30° Meeting di Cl con il mandato papale di «raccogliere le sfide e gli interrogativi che i tempi di oggi pongono alla fede». Lei che ne è da sempre ospite e attento frequentatore, cosa si aspetta dall’edizione 2009?

«Quest’anno, significativamente, si parlerà di missione sia a Rimini sia a Castel Gandolfo nel seminario estivo degli ex allievi di Benedetto XVI. Il mondo si globalizza, le culture e le religioni si confrontano. Il cristianesimo appare come la religione della modernità anche perché, non a caso, il progresso è nato nell’Occidente cristiano e non nel buddhismo, nell’induismo, nell’Islam. Io giro il mondo da una vita e persino in Giappone, dove ci sentono come una religione straniera, le fedi locali (shintoismo e buddhismo) sono ormai rituali folcloristici, non dicono più niente, quindi ovunque nel mondo si cerca il vero Dio. Gli atei, però, ci sono solo nel mondo cristiano, non altrove».  (altro…)

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…an attempt to synthesize three of the most persistent dichotomies in recent pope1Catholic experience: Personal conversion versus social reform; Pro-life versus peace and justice commitments; Horizontal versus vertical spirituality. (…) The truth and love of Christ … is “the principal resource at the service of the true development of every single person and of all humanity.”

A key to reading Benedict’s social encyclical
By John L Allen Jr – Jul 02, 2009

Italians have a wonderful phrase, chiave di lettura, which literally means a “key to reading.” It refers to some core idea, or perspective, that can help make sense of a complex mass of material. Since Benedict XVI’s long-awaited encyclical on the economy is finally set to appear next Tuesday, it seems a good time to float a possible chiave di lettura for the document, which I can express in one word: synthesis.

Titled Caritas in Veritate (the English title is “Love in Truth,”) the encyclical will be presented Tuesday in a Vatican news conference. I’ll be on hand for it, as well as for Pope Benedict’s meeting with President Barack Obama next Friday. (altro…)

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Un commento dal Times che fa pensare. Il ragionamento – svolto da un commentatore dichiaratamente ateo ed ex parlamentare conservatore – è che solo l’autocoscienzgodwin_bible460a della dignità di ogni individuo e della possibilità di incidere sul proprio destino che deriva dal cristianesimo può scuotere l’Africa dal suo fatalismo.

Da specificare che nell’articolo si fa principalmente riferimento ad un cristianesimo di stampo protestante, fortemente individualistico. Un cristianesimo che si potrebbe dire fortemente marcato, fin dal suo nascere, dalla mentalità individualista della neonata borghesia mercantile europea.

Ma rimane il fatto che qui si riconosce il ruolo determinante di questo approccio all’esistenza per affermare la dignità di ogni essere umano. Quanta parte della Dichiarazione Universale dei Diritti dell’Uomo esisterebbe senza l’approccio cristiano all’esistenza ed al valore di ogni singolo individuo?

Interessantissimi anche i commenti che l’articolo ha suscitato tra i lettori del Times. link ai commenti apparsi sul sito del Time

From The Times – December 27, 2008 – As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God
Missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa’s biggest problem – the crushing passivity of the people’s mindset
Matthew Parris

Before Christmas I returned, after 45 years, to the country that as a boy I knew as Nyasaland. Today it’s Malawi, and The Times Christmas Appeal includes a small British charity working there. Pump Aid helps rural communities to install a simple pump, letting people keep their village wells sealed and clean. I went to see this work.

It inspired me, renewing my flagging faith in development charities. But travelling in Malawi refreshed another belief, too: one I’ve been trying to banish all my life, but an observation I’ve been unable to avoid since my African childhood. It confounds my ideological beliefs, stubbornly refuses to fit my world view, and has embarrassed my growing belief that there is no God.

Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: (altro…)

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Christianity is not only becoming increasingly non-white; it is also becoming increasingly female. The average Anglican in our world today is black, female and in her late teens or early twenties. So, I must tell my friend that today missiology is no longer a “white man’s theology”.

From The Times
July 19, 2008
Credo: the average Anglican is a black, female teenager
Cathy Ross

Recently a friend informed me that missiology is really just “a white man’s theology.” As a student of missiology and a woman, I felt the need to counter this. Yet what is missiology? Well, my friend was right that it began with white men taking Christianity, commerce and civilisation beyond Europe. This is exactly what missiology endeavours to study. It is a critical reflection on theories of mission, research into mission and critique on how mission is done. (altro…)

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“Christianity … is translatable, and therefore missionary and expansionist.”

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life – Faith and Conflict: The Global Rise of Christianity – March 2, 2005

Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, Church of England; Member, House of Lords

I … want to begin with a historical perspective, … I want to begin with the early church. Very often one of the problems with Western academia is that they trace the movement of Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome via Athens, and the reason of course that they do this is that they are mainly equipped in the classical languages of Latin and Greek, and so that is what they can do.

But in fact, if you look at the spread of early Christianity, it spread from the earliest times in every direction. You only have to look at the stories about what happened to the apostles, for instance, to get a sense of that. … just as the faith was spreading in the Roman Empire, it was also spreading equally strongly in the other great superpower of that time … the Persian Empire. And the martyrologies that we have from that period in the Persian Empire of Christians who were martyred there are nearly as long as the martyrologies that we have from Rome. (altro…)

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