We wish to share some recent info and links from our Religious Family “in the news.”
Sr. Maria del Fiat Miola’s reflection on Wassim, a disabled child from our home in Bethlehem, appeared in print in this last week’s L’Osservatore Romano English Edition, the newspaper of the Vatican!
First appearing as a “web exclusive” through First Things in March, the article “Breath of Mercy” was available for a separate print forum as well. It is a great joy to share with a wider readership the message of mercy and a small part of the quiet work of our Religious Family in the missions of the Church.
The article appears in the print edition of Friday April 8, 2016, number 14, whose cover announces the Post-Synodal Exhoration ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
“Way of Beauty” Blogger and Author David Clayton and the Institute of the Incarnate Word
As part of the cultural formation of our brothers, the IVE seminarians, the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) seminary in the Washington metro area invited David Clayton to give a series of talks on his studies of art and the philosophy of the “Way of Beauty” to find God (Via Pulchritudinis). For the occasion, Mr. Clayton came in time for the celebration of the Solemnity of the Annunciation (moved to April 4th this year in the Church) and got to know our Religious Family.
Back home in New Hampshire, he posted an April 12th blog about his experience: “Institute Verbo Encarnato (IVE) – the Institute of the Incarnate Word: An order that embodies the principles of joyful evangelization in accordance in the spirit of Pope St John Paul the Great and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.”
Upcoming Congress at the UN on Religious Freedom: IVE speaker and SSVM speaker
The “WeAreN2016 Congress” will be held April 28-30, 2016 at the UN in New York to bring to light the real situation of the genocide against Christians in the Middle East.
Organized by CitizenGO and MasLibres, the event is sponsored by the UN Member the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and co-sponsored by In Defense of Christians (IDC).
Speakers for the event include political leaders, ecclesiastical leaders, policy experts, and testimonials of individuals whose families have been effected by the violence of ISIS / Da’esh. Two our missionaries are among those giving testimony: Fr. Rodrigo Miranda, IVE and Sr. Maria Guadalupe, SSVM.
- Archbishop Bernardito Auza (Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN)
- Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen (Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation to the UN)
- H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al‐Nasser (High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations ‐tbc‐)
- Dr. Thomas F. Farr (Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University)
- Mr. Lars Adaktusson (Swedish Member of the European Parliament)
- Carl Anderson (Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus)
- Carl & Marsha Mueller (parents of Kayla Mueller, a young aid worker and ISIS/Daesh hostage who was killed in Syria)
- Joseph Fadelle (a writer from Iraq)
- Mons. Joseph Danlami Bagobiri (Bishop of Kafanchan, Nigeria)
- Fr. Douglas Al‐Bazi (Chaldean Catholic Church parish priest. Erbil, Iraq)
- Toufic Baaklini (President of In Defense of Christians ‐tbc‐)
- Samia Sleman Kamal (Yazidi witnesses kidnaped by ISIS/Daesh)
- Dr. Elisa von Joeden‐Forgey (Associate Professor Stockton University)
- Jacqueline Isaac (Vice President of Roads of Success and USD Law School alumni)
- Sister María de Guadalupe, SSVM (Missionary in Syria)
- Fr. Rodrigo Miranda, IVE (Chilean Missionary in Syria)
- Eisham Asiq & Masih Asiq (Asia Bibi’s Family)
- Drew Bowling, Senior Policy Advisor
- Kirsten Evans, Executive Director, In Defense of Christians
- Nina Shea. Director of the Center for Religious Freedom
The program of the event promises to be powerful for any Christian, especially for those working in fields of policy, dialog, education, and human rights. College students, step up! These are our times!
We give thanks to God that He grants such graces as to call our small Religious Family to serve those in most need, to grow in the spirit of the New Evangelization in the ways of beauty, and to speak for those who suffer during these times of violence.
V.C.F.E. Verbum Caro Factum Est. (“The Word was made flesh.”)