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Mass of the Holy Spirit opens Asian Continental Assembly on Synodality

80 delegates from all over Asia entered into communal discernment on Friday, seeking the aid of the Holy Spirit in the opening Mass of the Holy Spirit.
 By Sr Bernadette M. Reis, fsp – BangkokArchbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, SVD, of Tokyo and Secretary General of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) presided over the Mass that opened the Asian Continental Assembly on Friday. In his homily, he reflected on the synodal journey in Asia as well on his personal experiences as a missionary in Africa.The synodal journey in Asia has been one of “walking together on the synodal path,” “despite all kinds of difficulties,” Archbishop Kikuchi began. Two of the difficulties he listed are the challenge to “translate official documents into so many different languages of Asia,” and not being “able to gather people together because of the pandemic.” He noted, however, that the synodal journey is not an event that will soon be over, but that the process is part of the “the foundational nature of the Church.” Therefore, “we know this journey will continue after the actual meetings,” he said.

Indifference kills

The Archbishop then recalled two experiences he had in Africa. The first incident he recalled happened in 1995 in Bukavu, then Zaire, where he was working in a refugee camp. People fleeing the genocide in Rwanda had sought refuge in that particular camp. During his three-month stay there, he experienced an armed attack on the camp that lasted two hours. During the attack, he witnessed the killing of thirty refugees. Due to this experience, the Archbishop says he cannot bear to watch a fireworks display anymore.A bit later, when he visited the camp again, he asked one of the leaders of the refugees what they needed. “I knew there were shortages of everything, not enough food, not enough clothing, not enough medicine and no education for their kids.” But the request that came to him was for none of these things. “Father, when you go back to Japan, tell people we are still here. We are forgotten.” This was the request, which led the Archbishop to conclude that, “indifference could kill people in need of assistance.” Credit and Read More >>

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