THE POPE'S YEAR 2020: THE POWER OF PRAYER IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC
The global health emergency related to the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted international apostolic journeys this year, but the Pope remained close to the faithful through the power of prayer.
Sunday, March 8, the dividing line between "before" and "after". It is the day of the first Angelus of Pope Francis recited, live audio and video from the Library of the Apostolic Palace. The containment imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic is then imminent in Italy. "This Angelus prayer today is a little strange, with the Pope "in a cage" in the Library, but I see you, I am close to you," said Francis at the beginning of the broadcast. Then, at the end, the unexpected: the Pope appears at the window of the Apostolic Palace to bless St. Peter's Square.
It is not yet known, but as the months go by, the square will become empty and silent; it will be filled with the prayer of the Successor of Peter and the hopes of the world. It was here, in fact, that alone, in the rain, on the evening of March 27, Lent Friday, Francis presided over this extraordinary moment of prayer in a time of pandemic, inviting humanity not to be afraid and to entrust itself to the Lord: "We have hope; in the Cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redemptive love".
MISSIONARIES OF THE APOSTLE SAINTS
DELEGATION OF COLOMBIA AND VENEZUELA
"Dr. CARLOS JARAMILLO DE LA TORRE"
Dear brothers, of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. From the Delegation of Colombia, we give thanks to God for the life of each of you; for the pastoral work, you do in the Church for our Society. It has been 8 years since we were established as a Delegation. During these years, we work in the lifestyle of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, according to our constitutions and norms and the needs of the Society and the local Church. I would like to share, in the following lines, some relevant aspects of the current events in our Delegation in the following order: Presentation of the delegation, Objectives, Analysis of the situation, perspective for the future
This brief journey is an attempt to show at a general level the journey of these eight years as a Delegation and ways forward; without losing sight of the sense of belonging and our presence in Colombia and Venezuela in unity and fraternity, the two wings that strengthen us as M.S.A.