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Spiritual retreat of the three General Councils of the Core Communities Print

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A day of spiritual retreat was held on 22nd April 2014 at St. Vincent Pallotti Centre of Spirituality, Grottaferrata, Rome, for the members of the General Administrations of the three Core Communities of the Union.

Sr. Ivete Garlet, General Superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate, animated the sessions with  spiritually enriching inputs on the significance of "Christian testimony" in the Church today. She made special reference to the authentic testimonies given by Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, both of whom will be canonised on 27th April 2014 by Pope Francis.

In his homily during the Mass, the Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam pointed out three key words on which Christian testimonies should be based on: holiness, humanity and humility. The entire day was an enriching experience of unity and fraternal communion.

 
New “Holy Family” Province of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate in India Print

Festa per la nuova Provincia delle Suore dell'Apostolato Cattolico in India

On 21 April 2014, the birth day of St. Vincent Pallotti, a solemn Eucharistic celebration was held in our Church of SS. Salvatore in Onda in gratitude to God for the new “Holy Family” Province of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate in India. The Holy Mass was presided over by Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam and was attended by a large number of the members of the Pallottine Family.

Right at the beginning of the celebration, the Superior General, Sr. Ivete Garlet thanked the Provincial Superior, Sr. Sara Carfagna and all the members of the Mother Province of the “Queen of Apostles” in Italy for establishing and bringing up the community in India with much care and vision until its birth as a Province.

In his homily, the Rector General reminded of the importance of maintaining the international and universal Pallottine spirit in the new Province and challenged the members to remain always open to the Holy Spirit in its future development. Our Society extends its congratulations and prayerful good wishes to all the members of the new Pallottine Province of the “Holy Family” in India. Thus there are now five Pallottine Provinces in India, a unique distinction in the Pallottine world.

 
“Apostolato Universale” - 32/2014 Print

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In April 2014 was prepared n. 32/2014 of the magazine "Universal Apostolate" in a digital version. This number - consisting of 43 pages - brings news of historical and current events.

Contributions are entered on the beatification of Maria Cristina of Savoy (1812-1836), on the promulgation of the decree on the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Elizabeth Sanna (1788-1857) and the celebrations of the centenary of the founding of the Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt (1914 - 2014).

Under the heading Study and Formation is the reflection of Fr. Philip B. Lovison, on the figure of formator in the nineteenth century and the implications for today. The figure of St. Vincent Pallotti as formator exudes a spirit of paternal love for every man, which should  distinguish every formator.

This issue 32/2014 concludes with the review of the Pallottine literature for the period January-March 2014, and with short news on the Institute of St. Vincent Pallotti in Rome.

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HAPPY EASTER! Print
Papa Francesco - Pasqua 2014

The Way of the Cross is lived on a daily basis in many parts of the world. Particularly worth mentioning is the very sad and grave situation existing at the moment in Syria where about 150.000 lives are already lost without any sign of a possible solution in the near future. The Cross of Christ is the symbol of a sacrificial love of a merciful God who chose to redeem us, not with weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms but by pouring out the blood of his Only Begotten Son in order to restore us to the full dignity of the children of God and to enable us to enjoy the fullness of life in Him.

The Pastoral with the cross on it offered by the inmates of the prison in Sanremo, Italy, used by Pope Francis on Palm Sunday is a reminder of our Christian vocation and mission as disciples of the Crucified and Risen Lord that the Cross of Jesus is a living reality that we encounter every day in various places and situations of life and that we are called to accompany our most needy brethren in their own way of the cross, especially by instilling in them faith over fear, hope over desperation and love over rejection and hatred.

As we relive the Paschal Mystery in these days, let us join our holy Founder in appropriating the profound truth of his mystical prayer: “May all my life be destroyed and may the life of our Lord Jesus alone be my life” (OOCC X, p.618). May we be led to a profound experience of the infinite love and mercy of God, manifested by the Crucified and Risen Lord.

Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, SAC
Rector General

The Community at the Generalate in Rome wishes each one of you
the Peace of the Risen Lord!

Christ is Risen indeed, Alleluia.

Pope Francis, on Palm Sunday, used a pastoral made out of olive wood and beech offered ​​by the inmates of the prison in Sanremo, Italy. The pastoral ends at the top with the cross and is engraved with the coat of arms of the Pope, carved by some of the prison inmates working for the  Carpentry workshop of the Cooperative society called the "Way" which involves the insertion of prisoners in the world of work.

 
Let us pray for our deceased Confreres Print
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  • Fr. Ernst-Paul Rummel (CJ), Germany, born on 22.03.1917;  First Consecration on 01.05.1939; Priestly Ordination on 15.08.1947; he died on 15.04.2014.
  • Fr. Leonard Wołoszyk (PN), Poland, born on 10.06.1926;  First Consecration on 05.07.1953; Priestly Ordination on 11.06.1959; he died on 11.04.2014.
 
Fr. Bruno Ateba nominated Bishop of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon Print

Mons. Bruno Ateba

Pope Francis, with the letter dated 3 April 2014, has nominated Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo SAC,  Regional Rector of the Most Holy Trinity Region of Cameroon and Nigeria, Bishop of the diocese of Maroua- Mokolo, Cameroon. Fr. Bruno Ateba was born in 1964 at Zoételé, Cameroon, made his first consecration in 1989 and was ordained priest in 1995. After his studies in Pastoral Theology in our Hochschule in Vallendar, Germany, he was appointed Rector of the Basilica of Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, Yaoundé. The new Region of the Most Holy Trinity was erected by the General Council on 5 November 2008 and Fr. Bruno was elected the first Regional Rector of this Region. Currently he has been exercising his office as Regional Rector for a second term.

The year 2014 is particularly significant for the Pallottines in Cameroon since we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death of Bishop Heinrich Vieter, founder of the Pallottine mission in Cameroon, about 125 years of the foundation of the Catholic Church in this country by the Pallottines and 50 years of the return of the German Pallottines to Cameroon. We celebrate also the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the second Pallottine Bishop in Cameroon, Msgr Franz Henemann. Hence the appointment of Fr. Bruno Ateba as Bishop in Cameroon can be considered as a very special gift of the Holy Father to the Society and the entire Pallottine Family on this occasion. We remain deeply grateful to the Holy Father and wish Fr. Bruno Ateba abundant blessings of God.

Maroua-Mokolo1We are aware that the responsibility of Fr. Bruno Ateba will be very challenging just as we have got the news that two priests from Italy and one religious sister from Canada have been kidnapped today from the very diocese of Marous-Mokolo. We pray for their safe return.

May Mary, Queen of Apostles, Patroness  of Cameroon as well as the Union of Catholic Apostolate and our holy Founder, St. Vincent Pallotti accompany and guide him in the exercise of his ministry as Bishop. We extend our hearty congratulations and prayerful good wishes to our dear confrere, Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo.

Fr. Jacob Nampudakam SAC
Rector General

 
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