“…more by our life than by our words” (Const. 24). Missionaries of the Tenderness and Love of God”: was the theme of the General Congregation that was held from the 18th of September to the 1st of October, 2016 at the Casa Sao Nuno in Fatima, Portugal. This important meeting that took place in a fraternal setting, offered the opportunity for reflection on a variety of topics related to the life of our Order. The participants were very appreciative of the presence and the input of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas International. The final message from the meeting transmits the stimulation that people received over those days, which may be helpful to further reflection in our entire Order. For that reason, we decided to put a record of that important assembly at the centre of this edition of CITOC-magazine.
On the 20th of March, 2016, the 5th centenary of the death of Blessed Baptist Spagnoli, known as the Mantuan, opened. Our Postulator General, Dr. Giovanna Brizi, in what she writes, offers us a very profound account of this figure, highlighting his importance for the Order, the Church and the culture of the time. Along with him we remember another Carmelite blessed who, like the Mantuan, was Prior General of the Order in the 16th century, that is, John Soreth. We offer an interview with Bryan Deschamps, the author of the critical edition of the Blessed’s Expositio paraenetica, published recently. We regret to say, that since this interview Brian Deschamps has died.
The year 2016 could well be called the Year of the Carmelite Bishops, since Pope Francis appointed three of our brothers bishops in three different continents: Paul Horan, Bishop of Mutare in Zimbabwe, Francisco de Sales Alencar, Bishop of Cajazeiras in Brazil, and Henricus Pidyarto Gunawan, Bishop of Malang in Indonesia. We include short reports on their episcopal ordinations.
The other contributions offer a variety of information on the present life of the Order. Here I would like to name just a few. An important event for the Church and for young people around the world was the World Youth Day in Krakow, within which a Carmelite Day was held. In Tanzania a successful meeting of the Carmelite Family in Africa was held. In Indonesia, the formation directors and vocation directors of the whole Order gathered for an ongoing formation meeting.
Once again you will find in this issue of CITOC-magazine a variety of news items that show the vitality of our Order.
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