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Jubilees of Propaganda Fide Moment of Thanksgiving, Reflection: Catholic Priest in Malawi

Fr. Henry Saindi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The celebration of the Jubilees of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and the birth of Blessed Father Paolo Manna, founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU), is a time of thanksgiving and reflection, the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has said.

This year, the Church across the world is marking the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Propaganda Fide, the 200th anniversary of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Father Manna, founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union (PMU). 

Addressing members of the press on Monday, January 31 ahead of the launch of the jubilees in Malawi, Fr. Henry Saindi said, “These anniversaries are a moment of thanksgiving to God for the gifts of these institutions and persons behind them.”

Fr. Saindi added that the anniversaries present the faithful in the country with “an opportunity to reflect about the past missionary activities that have been undertaken since the Catholic faith came to Malawi.”

The Secretary General of ECM further said that the commemorations offer the people of God a chance to plan for the future of the Church in their country. 

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“We have to reflect on the kind of Church we want as we celebrate these anniversaries. We received the faith as a gift and we must pass on the same faith in the manner that we received it,” he said. 

The Malawian Priest added, “Let us continue to live and plan faith actions that would benefit and help the children and people in the fifty, hundred years, years to come. Let us learn to plan and think about the future generations who will also need to hear the word of God and experience Christ’s love through the Church.  Our love, our faith, our hope has to reach those who are to come.”

Plans are underway to officially launch the jubilee celebrations in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Dedza on February 5. 

At the January 31 press conference, Fr. Saindi called on the faithful in Southern African nation to celebrate the anniversaries in their ordinary, daily activities through the Small Christian Communities (SCCs), Parishes, Dioceses. 

He called upon the people of God in Malawi to pray for the mission of the Church during the jubilees. 

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"Let us learn and dedicate ourselves to praying for Church activities. The Church, its activities and our personnel need our consistent and fervent prayers. Church projects have to be accompanied with prayer for their successful completion. Let us pray for the mission of the Church," the Secretary General of ECM said. 

The member of the Clergy of Malawi’s Mangochi Diocese also called on Catholics in the country to use the jubilee period to learn about "the missionary obligations of each baptized person: to pray, teach, and offer generously financial sacrifice for the building of the kingdom of God." 

Malawi has Catholic institutions including schools and hospitals, which were built with funding from Propaganda Fide, Fr. Saindi said. 

For this reason, the Cleric said Catholics in the country "must also learn to give." 

"It is time to give back to the societies that are in need," he said. 

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The Priest further appealed to non-Catholic to pray and offer "material and non-material support to the Catholic Church that has educated them, healed them, and continues to help by liberating them from political, social, economic and religious injustices." 

"Let us work hard to bring the message of Jesus Christ for salvation and liberation to other people in Malawi and beyond, who have not heard or encountered the love of Christ. We received the faith, let us also share," Fr. Saindi said January 31.