NEWSLETTER 52 October 2018
PLANETARY HEALTH AND THE PLANET
OUR ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY!
By Leocir Pessini
‘Planetary health is a great idea for this century’
Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation (USA)
‘Climate change is the greatest threat to health in the twentieth century’
Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO
‘It remains a priority of the Church to keep herself dynamically in a state of ‘moving outwards, to bear witness at a concrete level to divine mercy, making herself a ‘field hospital’ for marginalized people who live in every existential, socio-economic, health-care, environmental and geographical fringe of the world’
‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition’. This statement on health is to be found in the Constitution of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has been adopted by the United Nations for seventy years (1948-2018). Health is a fundamental human right! This means that every person should have access to health-care services when, and where, they need them, without suffering because of a lack of money. Nobody should fall sick or die because they are poor or because they do not have access to health-care services. Good health is clearly determined by other fundamental human rights. These include, amongst others: access to drinking water, to hygiene/health-care institutions, to food, to adequate housing, to instruction, and to healthy conditions at work. Humanity still has to work a great deal to achieve these fundamental goods so that everybody can enjoy a happy and healthy life!
The inspiration with which I wish to begin my talk comes from the image of a man in space who beheld our common planet – the earth. On Christmas Eve 1968 the American astronaut Bill Anders, who was inside the first space ship to orbit around the earth with a crew inside it, looked out of the window and took the picture that made history – our planet rising above the rim of the moon. This was the first time that a human being had been so distant from our common home as a separate, complete and distinct entity. This was an extraordinary experience that Anders commented on subsequently in the following way: ‘We travelled so much to explore the moon…and the most important thing that we discovered was the earth’.
THE CAMILLIAN PROVINCE OF BENIN TOGO
Il 15 settembre 2018 la missione è stata eretta in PROVINCIA RELIGIOSA: registra la presenza du 80 religiosi professi perpetui, 8 professi temporanei, 5 novizi, 20 postulanti e 8 giovani nell’anno di spiritualità.
Lunedì 9 settembre u.s. sono iniziati i festeggiamenti con la giornata di convegno: suor Emma Gbaguidi, superiora generale delle Suore di Sant’Agostino, durante la sua conferenza che ha parlato delle sfide della Vita religiosa nel contesto africano. È seguito l’intervento di padre Macel, religioso dominicano, sulla gestione delle opere degli istituti religiosi.
Il ritiro spirituale è stato predicato da p. Rosario Mauriello, superiore provinciale della provincia siculo-napoletana – provincia ‘madre’ – mettendo a tema la sfida dei religiosi camilliani gioiosi per la missione.
Mercoledì 12 settembre, conferenza di Padre Christian de Paul de Barchifontaine, religioso camilliano della provincia del Brasile sul tema: Salute e Sacra Scrittura. La sfida a una vita di profezia.
Venerdì 14 settembre sono state celebrate tre professioni religiose solenni, cinque professioni temporanee, tre ordinazioni presbiterali ed il XX anniversario di consacrazione dei primi tre sacerdoti beninesi, p Marius, p. Raoul e p. Hubert.
A tutti voi chiediamo una preghiera per questo grande dono per tutto l’Ordine camilliano.
THE DELEGATION IN TAIWAN
On 5-6 September the Delegation hosted twenty students of the course on Pastoral Counseling Education (CPE) at the end of their study programmes. Amongst them there was also our religious, Fr. Joseph Fan.
This year, as well, at the beginning of the school year of St. Mary College (a Camillian nursing school) a conference was organised to make our institute and its charism – according to the spirit of service of the Virgin Mary and St. Camillus – known about. In all the college has 2,800 students and over 100 teachers. The Camillian religious Fr. Angupa II Henry is the new chaplain of the students
THE DELEGATION IN CHILE
THE PROVINCE OF BRAZIL
On 7-9 September 2018, Camillian religious of Brazil in their last years of perpetual profession met for a moment of reflection, dialogue, prayer and sharing. They were accompanied by a Salesian religious with the presence of the Provincial Superior and his council.
THE PROVINCE OF NORTH ITALY
The section for Camillian pastoral care for the vocations of young people of the Province of North Italy will offer weekends of fraternity for the whole of the pastoral year. These fraternal moments, offered to young people, will be characterised by service, community life and catechesis for formation. This will be an excellent opportunity to discern the will of God together! And if the Lord called you? To each and all, we await you!
HELP US TO SHARE.
THE PROVINCE OF ROME
On 25 September the Bible expert Paolo Curtaz, a theologian and writer, offered a catechesis in the St. Camillus Sanctuary of Bucchianico. Its title was ‘Passing near to him, he saw him and felt compassion for him!’
THE WOMEN MINISTERS OF THE SICK
On Saturday 22 September 2018, in the context of the diocesan feast day of the Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini and to end the jubilee year, a new video was shown. Its title was ‘Love Gives Life’ by Gino Bertini. A solemn celebration of the Eucharist then took place.
THE DAUGHTERS OF SAINT CAMILLUS
The community of the women religious the Daughters of St. Camillus of Cremona on Sunday 7 October 2018 will celebrate the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the foundation of the community and of the work of care provided by this Order. On this occasion, to end the jubilee year, the Bishop of Cremona, Msgr. Antonio Napolioni, will preside over the celebration of the Eucharist.
THE VATICAN CITY
On 20 September at 9.30, in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience those taking part in the World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the context of Global Migration which was being held in Rome on 18-20 September and was organised by the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Unity of Christians. The Pope gave an off-the-cuff speech. Amongst those taking part there was also the member of the General Consulta, Fr.Aris Miranda.
READ HERE THE TEXT OF THE POPE
GENERAL AUDIENCE OF POPE FRANCIS
On Wednesday 19 December Pope Francis, during the catechesis, cited our Founder Saint Camillus. We invite you to a reading of the address on the Pope on the commandment ‘honour your father and mother’.
‘We think of St. Camillus de Lellis, who from a disordered childhood built a life of love and of service’, and Francis went on with his list: ‘Of St. Giuseppina Bakhita, who grew up in horrible slavery, or of the Blessed Carlo Gnocchi, an orphan and poor man; and of St John Paul II himself, who was marked by the loss of his mother at a very young age’
THE PROVINCE OF SICILY AND NAPLES
On 24-28 September spiritual exercises were held in the context of the Camillan vocational year in Messina. The course was animated by the bishop. H.E. Msgr. Paolo Urso.
PROVINCIA CAMILLIANA POLACCA
Nel giorno della festa della Natività della Beata Vergine Maria, l’8 settembre, nella storica chiesa di San Camillo a Tarnowskie Gory hanno pronunciato i lori primi voti religiosi cinque giovani religiosi camilliani appartenenti alla provincia polacca. Nello stesso giorno i confratelli Rafał Markowski (dalla Polonia) e Grzegorz Piskorz (dalla Polonia) hanno emesso i loro voti perpetui mentre Marcin Aleksandrowicz (dalla Polonia), Jean Christian Nasoloarimalala (del Madagascar) e Lasza Manukian (dalla Georgia) hanno rinnovato quelli temporanei.
CADIS – EMERGENZA KERALA (INDIA)
Wayanad è uno dei distretti del Kerala, in India, situato nella parte nord-orientale del paese. È un distretto relativamente povero noto per la bellezza naturale e la presenza delle tribù aborigene. Questa zona è stata la più colpita dai monsoni quest’anno. Wayanad ha vissuto il volto più orribile della stagione attraverso un’inondazione inattesa, frane e tracimazione di fiumi e torrenti. Molti hanno perso i loro rifugi, molti hanno perso il loro sostentamento, le fattorie, la terra, i piccoli investimenti per sopravvivere …
To his beloved son
Prefect General of the Regular Clerics the Ministers of the Sick
Beloved son, health and my apostolic blessing!
Jesus Christ when returning from this world to the Father gave to his Apostles the distinctive sign and the note of Charity when he said to them: “This is my precept, that you should love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). This mandate down the centuries has been taken up with high faithfulness by holy men who highly honoured the Church, making her in this way an admirable testimony to charity, ‘almost a sign raised amongst the peoples’ (cf. Is 62:10), for the relief of innumerable human miseries.
Of this special merit and singular note of charity shines out St. Camillus de Lellis, whose heritage you, beloved Son, together with your religious, are the generous custodians, and in the middle of the next month of July you will celebrate the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his most pious death. Thus we approve and praise in a heartfelt way your decision, all the more because we know that you are committed to solemnly commemorating the memory of this anniversary both in your family and in hospitals.
FAMIGLIA CAMILLIANA LAICA
Raduno internazionale della FCL: dal 13 al 20 ottobre 2018, a villa Primavera (Roma), presso le religiose Ancelle dell’Incarnazione. L’incontro è aperto ai Presidenti e ai principali Assistenti Spirituali FCL: 2 persone per Provi
ncia, Vice-Provincia, e Delegazione dell’Ordine.
THE CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE
On Saturday 13 October 2018, at 20.30, at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Rome, the COBRA CORAL of Maringà–Paranà (Brazil) – after a tour in various churches in Verona, Sienna and Rome – will offer a concert of Brazilian and Latin American choral music.
DECISIONS OF THE GENERAL CONSULTA
The Superior General, with the agreement of the members of the General Consulta, has admitted to perpetual profession with religious vows the following confreres:
Nicola Mastrocola and Walter Vinci of the Province of Rome.
Sammy Paul Kioko of the Province of North Italy – the Delegation of Kenya.
Frank Jhordano Castro Guzman, Josè Miguel Lugo Aragon and Luis Alejandro Ruiz Blanco of the Province of North Italy – the Delegation of Colombia-Ecuador.
We here draw your attention to certain articles:
Alexandre Andrade Martins, ‘Direitos umanos e saude publica global em dialogo interdisciplinar e libertador’, in Maria Ines de Castro Millen and Ronaldo Zacharias (eds), Etica teologica e direitos humanos (Editoria Santuario, Aparecida, 2018), pp. 373-400.
Leo Pessini, ‘Bioetica global, vulnerabilidade e Agenda 2030 da ONU’, in Maria Ines de Castro Millen and Ronaldo Zacharias (eds.), Etica teologica e direitos humanos (Editoria Santuario, Aparecida, 2018), pp. 401-446.
Leo Pessini, ‘Erradicar a pobreza sem deixtar ninguem para tras: os desafios da Agenda 2030 para o desonvolvimento sustentavel’, in Ronaldo Zacharias and Rosana Manzini (eds), A doutrina social da Igreja e o cuidado com os mais frágeis (Paulinas, Sao Paolo (SP), 2018), pp. 291-314.
‘See, now they vanish, the faces and places, with the self which, as it could, loved them. To become renewed, transfigured, in another pattern’ (T.S. Eliot).
Sr. Anita Kokkadan, a women religious of the Daughters of St. Camillus, of Indian nationality, died on 19 September 2018. She was 81 and 41 years of her life had been spent in religious life. She died in the Provincial house of the Province of India, in Bangalore. Certain of the promise of the Lord to welcome his faithful servants in eternal peace, we entrust her with full confidence to the merciful arms of the Father, through the intercession of Mary.
‘Now they live in Christ whom they met in the Church, followed in our vocation, and served in the sick and the suffering. Trusting that the Lord, the Holy Virgin our Queen, St. Camillus, the Blessed Luigi Tezza, the Blessed Giuseppina Vannini, and our deceased religious brothers and sisters, will welcome them in their midst, we commend them in our prayers, remembering them with affection, esteem and gratitude’.
PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS OF ALL TYPES OF DISASTERS
God in heaven, who has created and who preserves every existence,
You know all of our sadness and our suffering. May all the victims of all types of disasters be welcomed in your peace! Receive, we pray, in your mercy, our very many brothers and sisters buried by the forces unleashed by nature. Lead them to your home!
Comfort the pain of so many families, dry the tears of so many brothers and sisters, offer protection to the loneliness of so many orphans. Instill courage into everyone so that pain is transformed into a journey of growth and hope.
Generate in the hearts of Christians and all men and women of good will the wish to act so that the wounded and those who suffer because of these calamities experience the comfort of fraternal solidarity.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.
Our Father – Hail Mary – Glory