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EUROPE/ITALY – Stories, testimonies and reflections on video for Missionary Month

Eight videos of missionary animation have been created and distributed by Missio Foundation (the Italian section, Pontifical Mission Societies). They were produced for Missionary Oct. These are stories and testimonies, as well as comments, on the theme World Mission Day “And I will be your witnesses!” (Acts, 1,8), which will be published within the next few days.

Stories, testimonies and reflections on video for Missionary Month

They are “Lives That Talk”, as “Missio’s” slogan for the next Missionary Oct says. These videos are preceded by a first video “And You Will Be My Witnesses-Lives That Speak” filmed in Rome at Tre Fontane. Father Giuseppe Pizzoli (director of Missio) outlines the theme by referring back to Saint Paul’s journey.

“Following in Christ’s footsteps, there is no other path” contains testimonies from Comboni missionaries who worked in South Sudan’s diocese of Rumbek. “The love that speaks louder then words” is the central figure of Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli. A Comboni missionary and doctor, Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli is the main character in the video. Fr. Ambrosoli spent his entire life caring for Ugandans in Kalongo. He was the hospital’s coordinator from 1956 to 1987.

Ambrosoli was a leader in health care in Uganda and elsewhere. The fourth video focuses on Pauline Jaricot who was beatified last year as the founder of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith. (see Fides 23/5/2022). “Pauline Jaricot: Young entrepreneur at the service for the faith” is a retracing of the life of this young woman that revolutionized the missionary community. These 8 videos are also reflected upon. The fifth video is a detailed commentary by Cardinal Matteo Zuppi (Archbishop of Bologna, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference), on the theme of World Mission Day.

The sixth video, “Dall’Alben alla Cordigliera”, relates the activities and missionary work of a large group of young people who manage a refuge in Val Seriana Bergamo. In the seventh video, titled “What Akèch says, God listens to it”, Nunzia Cocuzza recounts that in a Ugandan village near Kalongo, years ago, she met a little girl called Akech, who could not go to school because she was disabled. This was the moment she started a project for handicapped children that allowed them to also benefit from the right of studying. It wasn’t just that. The eighth video, which is the last, is about the history and activities the Pontifical Mission Societies. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 10/9/2022)


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