Have you ever imagined how it would be if you were evicted of your home, where you have been living for more than 50 years? After being expelled, how would you feel to see your home in pieces and spread to the ground? We wish these lines were metaphorical and it were all a fantasy, however, unfortunately it is not. Raimunda, 73, a resident of Gleba Tauá in Barra do Ouro town, Tocantins, is living all this today – November, 12th, 2015.
The Bulletin 'Notícias do Pé do Morro' (Morro Foot News), usually written by Rafael Oliveira, a young Dominican member of the Pastoral Land Commission - CPT, for the first time receives different writers. Rafa could not write this edition because he was under arrested by military police for helping defend, among other lives, Raimunda. As their mission is also ours, we share now the story of Ms. Raimunda and Rafael.
The fight for justice and to guarantee and protect the human rights, especially the poor and disadvantaged, this is a fight that DYM Brazil intends to participate.
Therefore, we present a note written by the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT ), in which various complaint " outrageous " decision against the peasant families living in the Tauá plot in the municipality of Barra do Ouro (TO ).
The MJD Brazil prays and offers farmers excluded and disadvantaged by the (in) Justice trying to silence them. Although physically distant, we do next in communion and clamor communities in hope and God's company.
Check the text of the CPT in its entirety: http://bit.ly/1MXhLeJ
After the Opening Mass of the Jubilee presided over by the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadore, the following day (Sunday, 8 November), the Dominican family gathered again at St Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis.
From the window of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father first gave a short reflection based on the Gospel reading of the day (Mk 12:38-44), then he led the Angelus in Latin after which he gave his blessing. After the blessing he paid special tributes to certain groups at the square and saved the best for last. The final tribute went to the members of the Order of Preachers.
Reflecting this year about the missionary calling that is directed to the whole church, I have to make a special reference to the message that has been given by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the World Missionary Time this year 2015.
You certainly know we are celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life, which will be a year specially dedicated to those who attempt to follow Christ in many ways, but everyone try following Christ by giving their lives to Him, following the Gospel in its word and spirit. Every Institute of Consecrated Life gets the message from the Gospel in its very own specific and particular way, accepted by the Church as a gift.
As the church bolts off further into the third millennium, she is beset by forces, turmoil and conflicts on all sides. The church is being persecuted and is struggling for survival in hostile environments in different parts of the world. The Church in Nigeria has had her fair share of these disturbances particularly in the Northern parts of the country. Violent attacks in these parts have evolved from ethnical clashes which are coloured by religious sentiments to acts of terrorism by sectarian groups masquerading as religious zealots. The dreaded Boko Haram sect has spear-headed terrorist attacks over the course of several years culminating in the infamous abduction of over 200 school girls (the Chibok girls). Their actions are often terrifyingly indiscriminate, slaughtering entire villages seemingly at random; survivors fear for their lives and are hardly able to fully recover from the shock of their ordeal.
As a Dominican youth living in this part of the world, it is often a challenge understanding the situation and offering suitable responses in a bid to reassure victims and others of God’s presence and injecting the fresh air of hope. It, however, behooves every preacher to read the signs of the times and offer favourable response. It is to this end that this article wishes to study the phenomenon of terrorism (Boko Haram) in Northern Nigeria and how this affects preaching and witnessing.
To the International Dominican Youth Movement, the International Commission, the Dominican Curia, and the Master of the Dominican Order,
Two years ago, I was deeply moved and humbled when delegates from countries throughout the world elected me onto the International Commission of IDYM in Bogota, Colombia. I certainly felt passionate about the Communications Promoter position and the movement in general.
It has been an honor and pleasure to work with the amazingly dedicated fellow members of the IC for the past two years. Together we have accomplished a great deal and I know this work will only continue in growing the movement of Dominican Youth.
It is with sadness that I must inform you that I am resigning from the International Commission. Unfortunately, many other responsibilities in my life here in Chicago have had to take precedent over my responsibilities for the IC. The Communications Promoter is an important role that requires much more time than I am currently able to commit. In fairness to the fellow IC members and the movement as a whole, I feel it is important that someone else fill the position that can commit the appropriate time and energy into this role.
I look forward to continuing my involvement in the Dominican Youth Movement at the local, national, and international level and I certainly cherish all of the connections and fellowship as a result of this experience.
The International Commission has named Santi Vedrí from Valencia, Spain the new Promoter of Communications. He currently lives in Madrid. He will coordinate a team to help him with Communications.
I will continue to work with the International Commission and Santi and assisting in any way that I can in future projects.
Though this was a difficult decision, I know that it is the right one personally and for the movement. Thank you for your continued support and may God bless each and every one of you!
In Dominic with love,