After Italy, Brazil is the country that is most committed to preparing the Jubilee Year, highlighted Archbishop Rino Fisichella during the meeting.
Father Gerson Schmidt*
With the motto “Pilgrims of Hope”, the Jubilee to be celebrated in Rome in 2025 is being prepared around the world. Brazil is putting a lot of effort into the Jubilee. The CNBB has already printed more than 25 specific booklets – Council Notebooks – which serve as support, motivation and reflection with the rescue of council documents.
Dom Rino Fisichella speaks to those present
At the invitation of the CNBB, Dom Rino Fisichella (pro-prefect of the Section for fundamental issues of evangelization in the world of the Dicastery for Evangelization) was present on the 29th and 30th of January, guiding and explaining the practical dimensions and spiritual meaning of the Jubilee. Around 300 people, including priests, bishops, religious and lay people, were present in the João Paulo II auditorium, at Casa Dom Luciano Mendes, in Brasília, capital of Brazil. Dom Rino said that after Italy, Brazil is the country that is most committed to preparing the Jubilee Year. He said that, unlike the Extraordinary Jubilees, this Jubilee has been a tradition of the Church since the year 1300, in which the Church of Rome in particular began to welcome countless pilgrims seeking to pass through the Holy Door at the headquarters of the Catholic Church, in the cities of Peter and Paul, specifically in the two Basilicas dedicated to them, which house the graves of these two great apostles, vigorous pillars of Christianity. The Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization said that “the Jubilee is a matter of faith that the Holy People wait to experience the Father’s mercy.”
CNBB subsidies for the Jubilee
“Don Rino’s words were effusive and inspiring, helping us to understand that the Church is called to live in the dynamics of hope, looking to the future and contributing to the transformation of the world through the spirit of charity, fraternity and love. The jubilee symbol speaks for itself: the cross whose base is the anchor, reminds us that only in Christ will we find peace in this world and salvation in the future world”, reminds us Father Rogério Ferraz, who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre and executive secretary of Regional Sul 3.
In commitments across Latin America, as president of the Latin American Conference (CELAM) and also of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), Dom Jaime Spengler in Bogotá spoke with Dom Rino Fisichela about the preparatory meeting.
“The number of participants – clergy and lay people – was large. The meeting was very well evaluated. It was certainly a great opportunity to also understand the material that is being published: animation and training material… it is worth highlighting the presentation of the broad calendar of the various celebratory initiatives involving and reaching different expressions of the People of God!”, said Spengler. He stressed that in preparation initiatives it is important to highlight the meaning of the Jubilee Year: to be pilgrims of Hope.
Participating members of Southern Regional 3
The Pastoral Coordinator of the Vicariate of Guaiba, Father Daniel Alves da Silva, present at the meeting in Brasília, said that “the choice of the motto Pilgrims of Hope makes us understand that our Christian journey is a journey IN hope, according to the breath of the Divine Holy Spirit. Of course, here we walk in hope, but we will only truly understand clearly when we reach God. Hope gives us meaning, allows us to live in the grace of Holy Baptism. Choosing this motto for walking in Hope is already preparation for the Jubilee of 2033, Jubilee of two thousand years of the salvific act that called humanity from darkness to Admirable Light. Our greatest vocation is to be in God.”
Dom Leomar Brustolin, Archbishop of Santa Maria and president of Regional Sul 3, which corresponds to 18 dioceses in Rio Grande do Sul, summarized the meeting in a summary sentence: “Attentive to the signs of our time, a pastoral conversion for the mission is urgent” . He recalled the commitment made at the V Latin American Conference of the Church in Aparecida do Norte to a determined search for pastoral conversion so that all parish activities are articulated from the perspective of the Church in Mission. The Aparecida Document in number 370 says: “The PASTORAL CONVERSION of our communities requires that we go beyond a pastoral of mere conservation to a pastoral that is decidedly missionary. This way it will be possible for the unique program of the Gospel to continue to be introduced into the history of each ecclesial community with new missionary ardor, making the Church manifest itself as a mother that goes to meet, a welcoming home, a permanent school of missionary communion” (Conclusionary text of the V General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Episcopate, 370 ).
Dom Leomar concluded: “We all realize the complexity of our time and that it sometimes leaves us perplexed by situations that are difficult to face. If we talk about signs of the times, we must recognize God’s action in the midst of these challenges. Therefore, the challenges become opportunity for a more participatory, synodal and missionary evangelization. Faced with the challenges, we need to review our evangelizing practices, based on a very important concept for the Aparecida Document that has been warning us since 2007: the importance of pastoral conversion. Conversion means repenting of some way of doing pastoral care and evangelizing just for maintenance and not having missionary boldness. Therefore, the third fundamental aspect, I would say it is the axis of all evangelizing action, is the mission. Going to meet others. It is bringing Jesus Christ . It is to highlight the salvation that the Lord has brought us. It is to recover the horizon of hope as Pope Francis speaks well when calling for the Jubilee of 2025. This hope is a hope of a horizon capable of giving meaning to life and promoting ethics and solidarity. Therefore, more than challenges, we have opportunities to evangelize. It is necessary to interpret the signs of the times in the midst of these challenges.”
Jubilee Calendar can be consulted by clicking here.
*Foot. Gerson Schmidt, journalist and contributor to Vatican Radio