AFRICA/BENIN – The missionary, courageous witness of hope

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Porto-Novo – «Fearless missionary, I announce hope in Jesus!» is the theme chosen by the National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Benin for the entire month of October. “The missionary, a courageous witness of Christ, is called to sow hope everywhere, especially with the sick, showing them that salvation is only in Jesus”, explains to Fides Father Cosme Tayéwo Adjomale National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Benin. The missionary helps to turn the gaze of the men of our 21st century towards the Lord, busy and concerned with the search for antidotes and miracles, when they themselves do not look in his direction and do not listen to his message”. Since 2019, a whole missionary month has been celebrated in Benin with various initiatives and, following the message of the Pope. A theme is selected that becomes the common thread of all scheduled activities. This is the origin of the contents that each diocesan director chooses for the four weeks of the month, with missionary rosaries and prayers for the Missions offered for missionary animation. The opening of the month was very attended by the faithful. In particular in Djougou the National Secretary of the Pontifical Work of St. Peter the Apostle Father Patrick Bio, priest of the diocese of Djougou and professor in charge of the preparatory seminary of Ténonrou , was present, while in the diocese of Natitingou, the he opening of the month was entrusted to Msgr. Sabi Bio, Bishop of the same Diocese. The activities that are continuing throughout the month will culminate on Sunday 24 October with the involvement of many faithful for the collection of donations intended for the support of the missionaries and the sending of all catechists, groups, associations, action movements to the Mission. catholic. Finally, the Catholic newspapers, Radio Maria and also the social networks are keeping alive the attention towards the missionary month.