Superore Regionale: p.Fernando Milani
Vice Superiore: p.Nevio Vigano’
Consiglieri: pp. Simone Caelli, Paulo Dos Santos e Stefano Mosca
Superore Regionale: p.Fernando Milani
Vice Superiore: p.Nevio Vigano’
Consiglieri: pp. Simone Caelli, Paulo Dos Santos e Stefano Mosca
Movimento del treno, autobus, che passa e vede le case degli uomini dove il passeggero immagina chi può abitare dietro le finestre. Interessarsi alle condizioni degli altri come il padre che comunque sarebbe andato incontro al figlio prodigo anche se questi non fosse ritornato a casa. Esperienza faccia a faccia su strade perpendicolari e rettilinee, da percorre comunque e nelle quali impegnarsi. Per non stare al finestrino rispetto agli altri che in-fermi vediamo.
Nei reports della nostra missione urbana emerge il dato preoccupante delle uccisioni extra-giudiziarie, di persone che usano e spacciano droga. Metodo legalizzato dalla attuale amministrazione politica filippina. Un tempo non tanto lontano, durante la Legge Marziale, brutta gente irrompeva nelle case e sequestrava qualcuno per poi trascinarlo via dicendo ai parenti di non parlare se lo volevano vedere ancora in vita. Vittime che mai tornavano a casa. L’unico problema per i militari era dove seppellire i corpi dei rapiti. Oggi non c’è la Legge Marziale, ma nella lotta al narcotraffico i poliziotti uccidono subito i sospettati. Oggi lasciano i cadaveri per terra, in casa e ai loro congiunti spetta l’ingrato e oneroso compito di portarli al cimitero sotto gli sguardi truci e compiacenti dei governanti. A dir la verità la Polizia dovrebbe dipendere dal Potere Esecutivo e non potrebbe procedere all’arresto (e tanto meno all’uccisione) di una persona se non c’è un mandato dell’Autorità Giudiziaria. Non più nelle Filippine; si può! Cosa che ha attirato le condanne della comunità internazionale, ma non quella della popolazione in stragrande favore verso le iniziative del presidente Duterte senza sapere peró che “Non esistono, né possono esistere, soluzioni locali a problemi che sono nati e si sono sviluppati a livello globale (Bauman)”
La Chiesa Filippina si è trovata impreparata di fronte a questa ondata di uccisioni extra-giudiziarie e sta cercando di correre ai ripari con programmi di riabilitazione per giovani tossicodipendenti e di aiuto per i famigliari delle vittime. Il tossicodipendente è una persona che la vita, carica di problemi, ha reso debole. Non riesce a vivere senza l’aiuto della droga. Ogni tossicodipendenza ha poi alle spalle una storia personale, nata da un bisogno di scappare da situazioni compromesse, di aut-aut, da zone urbane super affollate e baraccopoli.
La droga uccide, è vero, ma è meglio uccidere la droga, che il drogato, si diceva anni fa. Circa gli spacciatori e il narcotraffico poi, la giustizia amministrativa non ha funzionato in passato e quella penale fa abbastanza pena anche oggi perchè non riesce quasi mai a risolvere e punire i reati comuni come, appunto, lo spaccio di droga, la corruzione, l’usura, i furti, gli stupri e quant’altro ancora. Una giustizia che sembra lasciare appannate e chiuse le proprie finestre.
Il resto del lavoro continua tra alti e bassi, piogge e siccità, momenti sacri e laici, e i giovani che si allontanano con i loro progetti e desideri.
Qualche segnale di speranza,dopo l’uscita dalla sofferente Arakan Valley, sembra riemergere dalle montagne di Kidapawan ai piedi del Monte Apo, la cima piú alta delle Filippine. Dalle parti di Zamboanga e la sua lunga penisola la missione continua come sempre, tra lavoro pastorale e problemi di comunicazione con gruppi linguistici ed etnici di differente fattura e fede. Grandi numeri da Antique, Panay, dove il clima di pace e l’alto numero di lavoratori migrati all’estero sta producendo un benessere economico inaspettato solo pochi anni fa: a Guingsang-an grande anche il 50mo della parrocchia dopo il quale verdrá l’addio dell’attuale parroco e ora Superiore Regionale, p.Fernando Milani. Mary Queen of Apostle, Manila, perenne movimento di persone e mezzi, tra uffici parrocchiali, messe e iniziative per i poveri, alla ricerca della chiesa-edificio ora rimpicciolita da altri ed enormi edifici di cemento innalzati a pochi metri dal sacro recinto.
Un grazie al Superiore Regionale, p.Ferruccio Brambillasca, che durante l’assemblea, e nei giorni che l’hanno preceduta, ha condiviso con noi pensieri formali e informali circa il Pime in sé, raccolti e meditati da uno che ha visto un po’ tutto e di tutto attraversando altre nazioni. A breve sará nella sua ‘casa’ in Giappone.
Infine il 50mo del Pime Filippine (8 dicembre 1968 – 2018) tra memorie, scritture e come celebrarlo. Certo ci siamo chiesti se la storia iniziata cinquanta anni fa possa aiutarci a capire qualche cosa di piú (di quella gia conosciuta), che ci possa spiegare su cosa siamo oggi e come saremo domani. Del resto tra passato e presente il numero degli anni è relativo ai sentimenti vissuti nel presente. Bello sarebbe comunque entrare in e uscire da differenti storie senza che una sola diventi la principale; mettendo carte e foto sul tavolo.
Oggi pomeriggio primo raduno comunitario … in cappella durante la Santa Messa! Padre Gianni Re celebra e commenta le letture. Secondo il racconto biblico, letto oggi a messa, la storia degli uomini ha le radici in una uccisione, addirittura da una rottura del legame di sangue. Caino uccide il fratello Abele. “Dov’è Abele, tuo fratello?». Caino rispose: «Non lo so. Sono forse io il custode di mio fratello?».”Che hai fatto?” – dice il Signore – “il sangue di tuo fratello grida a me dal suolo. Ora sii maledetto”.
Il conflitto di responsabilità verso i compagni di lavoro rimane. La nostra presenza (nelle Filippine) è, infatti, anche una chiamata alla responsabilità verso di loro. Dio ci domanda come li trattiamo, che misericordia usiamo e questa responsabilità è inevitabile. Certo passare dall’odio alla fraternità è difficile, ma non ci sono alternative. Del resto si vive solo perché si è in relazione con coloro che conosciamo/abbiamo conosciuto. Non si tratta solo di tollerarli, ma di rispettare le loro esistenze, di saperli ascoltare evitando, egoisticamente, solo di parlare a vuoto come i farisei ai quali viene negato un segno chiarificatore dal cielo. Capire in fondo che ció che ci unisce/ci ha unito sarà sempre il fondamento per ulteriori salti di qualità, in futuro. Tutelando solo i propri interessi la meta che ci siamo dati non fa altro che oscurarsi, confondendoci. Fratelli allora anche come capacità di far tesoro dei nostri passati e non di vivere solo l’immediato in rapporti estemporanei di apparteneza a una istituzione. Essere membri Pime Filippine è si un valore importante, ma secondario rispetto all’apertura all’altro, al suo senso religioso, politico, culturale e al valore della comunità come famiglia umana, di fratelli appunto, voluta dal Creatore misericordioso.
Domani si inizia di nuovo; come ogni anno.
From January 16 to 20, 2017, Manila welcomed delegates from forty countries for the WACOM4.
The participants from the Philippines and other countries where around five thousand. This big event is part of a growing Catholic devotion and movement well known in the world and “Divine Mercy Chaplet”
In this occasion, the organization also invited Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, PIME, founder of Silsilah Dialogue Movement and the President of Silsilah, Ms. Aminda Saño, EDC were invited to share their experiences.
Fr. D’Ambra in his reflection started to ask:
“Mercy, where are you?” and continued saying “I am touched by this big event and I am grateful to be with you here to reaffirm the message of mercy and hope in the world in the midst of so much violence and radicalism coming from those who have forgotten the message of Mercy of religions, especially the two major religions of the world: Christianity and Islam.
These religions remind us in different ways the centrality of “mercy and compassion.” I quote here only the Beatitudes of Jesus: “Blessed are the Merciful, for they will find mercy (Mt. 5:7) and the beginning of almost all surah of the Holy Qur’an: “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.”
Recalling the dramatic experience of Abraham when he prayed to save Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction, we recall how Abraham interceded with God: “If I find fifty just people, can you save these cities?” Afraid that he could not find fifty just people, he bargained with God: “If I find 45…40…30…20…10…” (Gn. 18, 16-33) and God was always ready to share his pardon. Unfortunately, Abraham failed to find even ten just persons there and the two cities were destroyed.
We are here because we believe that today many implore the mercy of God and we hope for a better future. With this spirit, I started my mission in the Philippines forty years ago in Mindanao living in a Muslim village. It was a deep spiritual experience.
To those who ask me if I am still willing to continue, I say that I will continue this mission up to the end of my life. I am convinced that I am called to remain in the mission as a sign of hope.
In a recent gathering of teachers of Basilan, one of them told me that a Muslim student told her: “Ma’am we can kill the Christians” and when the teacher asked who taught him, he answered: “my father.” Well, this is one of the many things that alarm all of us and also good Muslims who do not identify themselves with some radical and violent groups and are ashamed of what is happening now in the name of Islam.
I often say to my good Muslim friends that even the Christians in the past have reached to similar level of “hatred” towards people of other religions and nationalities. Some sectors of the Church in the past have also justified slavery and other forms of violence. Thanks to God we are now in this stage of the life of the Church where we are called to be in dialogue with all, to love all as brothers and sisters.
The Harmony Chain Initiative and the Harmony Prayer that we are sharing with you is a way to communicate this message and to invite people of different religions to be united in meditation and prayer. God listens to those who pray with sincerity of the heart.
Ms. Aminda Saño shared her experience. She has been an active member of the Silsilah Dialogue Movement from 1984 up to now. She emphasized: “The most painful experience for me and Silsilah happened in the night of May 20, 1992 when Fr. Salvatore Carzedda, PIME a companion of Fr. Sebastiano in Siocon and then later became a member of Silsilah, was killed. That occasion was critical for Silsilah and many suggested that we close the movement because this kind of dialogue is dangerous. But I recall a statement of Fr. Salvatore that he told me, “No matter if I’m around or not, “Padayon!” (Move on). This message circulated among us members of Silsilah and now it is our expression and motto that encourages us even in difficult times to move on and encourage others to be in the spirit of love and mercy. This event, for sure, influenced my life and determination to consecrate my life to the mission of Silsilah as a Christian, living the spirituality of Life-in-Dialogue with God, self, others, and creation.
Silsilah through the years has been very visible on the National and International Levels especially because we try to promote the spirituality of Life-in-Dialogue to Muslims, Christians, and people of other living faiths. With this spirit, we are moving in different directions according to the signs of the times.”
Speaking to members of the Chamber of Commerce in the southern city of Davao Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte said if the war on drugs descends into something “really, very virulent,” then he would declare martial law.
“No one would be able to stop me,” he said.
He said the aim of such a move would be “to preserve the Filipino people and the youth of this land.”
The controversial president has pledged to wipe out illegal drugs. In the first six months of his drug crackdown, nearly 6,000 people have been killed by police and vigilante squads, drawing criticism from human rights groups, the United Nations and U.S. President Barack Obama. Duterte has vowed to ignore the criticism and continue with the crackdown, and has dared his opponents to remove him from office.
The Philippines endured martial law during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
Also Saturday, Duterte said he has ordered his military to “blast” extremists who flee with their kidnapped captives.
“They say, ‘What about the hostage?’ Sorry, collateral damage,” the president said. His advice to potential victims? “So, really, don’t allow yourselves to be kidnapped.”
In the Philippines the Holy Child is known as Santo Nño, and depicted in red and gold vestments (like the statues in Cebu City or in Tondo-Manila or the Holy Child of Prague) carrying a round world on his left hand and a staff on the right. On the head he has a crown and the garments are those of a Little Prince. But, according to old traditions underneath these garments there is an ordinary boy who made a lot of miracles.
Going back in the centuries, in Spain the Holy Child, or Santo Nño, was seen in a different perspective: his garments were very like a pilgrim wearing an ordinary and large hat and on the left a drinking gourd hanging from a staff and on the right a basket with bread. People who were witnessing his first miracles said that he appeared as a little dark-skinned five-year old boy, who often wanders around to play with other children. Santo Nño became popular in Atocha during the 13th century, when Spain was under Muslim rule. There a little boy was reportedly seen bringing food to Christian prisoners who were jailed because of their faith.
As a strict rule nobody could bring food to those in jail except their own children. Fearing for the survival of prisoners who did not have children some young women started to implore Our Lady of Atocha for help. Soon, those children who brought food to their parents came home with stories regarding a young boy who was visiting the other prisoners. He had with him a water gourd that seemed to have endless supply of water, and a basket full of bread for the unlucky prisoners. Those who prayed to the Lady of Atocha wanted to know the identity of the boy in order to thank him, but without success. Soon it happened that while the faithful were praying in front of the statue of the Lady of Atocha they noticed that the Holy Child held in Her left arm had worn out slippers. So, they replaced these with new ones, but soon these too became worn out. This occurred several times. Consequently, the faithful took this as a sign: the boy who was going out every night to help those in need was nothing more than the Infant Jesus.
Following these events the devotion to Santo Nño de Atocha spread all over Spain following Christians that were recovering their ancestral lands from the hands of muslim rulers. As time passed he was recognized more and more as a little pilgrim, wandering not only in Spain but also as a little companion of sailors on their voyages toward America and Mexico.
Then on 10 August 1519, five ships under Magellan’s command left Spain for his expedition to a world still unknown. On 16 March they reached the island of Homonhon in the Philippines. Nearby the island of Cebu Magellan met Rajah Humabon who was friendly with the Spaniards; both he and his queen Hara Amihan were baptized as Christians and were given the image of the Holy Child (later known as Santo Niño de Cebu) which along with a cross (Magellan’s Cross) symbolizes the Christianization of the Philippines.
According to some this statue of Magellan was carved in Flanders a region of northwest Europe, which includes parts of northern France, western Belgium and southwest Netherlands, but it might have been similar to the Santo Niño de Atocha. Anyway old documents about the Santo Niño de Cebu never mention the features of the image presented to the Rajah and his wife.
Nowday Santo Niño de Cebu behaves like the boy in Antocha. For this reason he his presented in various forms and features: sometimes as a small fisherman with fishing rod and basket full of fishes, or as a farmer, or a worker. He could be an indigenous boy or a student. But his main characteristic is to wander where people need his help.
Like this story. A couple from an upland area in Cebu said one day they lost their carabao, water buffalo. That night while preparing to pray before the altar, they noticed that their small statue of Santo Niño was also gone. The next day, the couple was awakened by their neighbor’s call outside. When they went out they saw the neighbor holding their carabao. When they asked where he found it, the neighbor said he saw a little boy passing by his house with it, but when he went out to ask where the boy was bringing it, he was already gone leaving the beast there. Pleased that their carabao was recovered, the couple instinctively went to the altar to pray, but they were just surprised when they saw that their Santo Niño was back. When they looked closely, his vestments were filled with thistles (amorseco). The couple believed that it was the Holy Child who came out to look for their carabao, hence the thistles in his clothing. (Liv G. Campo)
Today in some places, because many miraculous stories of his wanderings, the Santo Niño has been renamed Santo Niñong Gala or Palaboy . Some of his images are depicting him has a wanderer, dressing a sleeveless shirt, a woven hat and a cross staff. And like an ordinary boy, the Santo Niño devotees leave at the foot of his statue shoes and slippers.
Hours before tens of thousands of barefoot Filipinos joined Monday’s annual procession of the Black Nazarene, the Archbishop of Manila celebrated a midnight Mass calling his countrymen to unselfish love. Reflecting on the Baptism of Jesus, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, in his homily at the capital’s Quirino Grandstand stressed that in order to love as Jesus did, one must turn away from selfishness and focus on serving others. “That is the love that will promote unity in our families, the parish, in our barangay, in our country, and in the whole world,” he said. According to him, these are the keys to love that the country needs for the sake of unity. He also said division among people is often the effect of prejudice.
According to Tagle, these are the keys to love that the country needs for the sake of unity. He e According to him, these are the keys to love that the country needs for the sake of unity. He warned that prejudice and judging other bring about division among people.
About a million and a half barefoot Philippine devotees praying for miracles joined the procession of the black statue of Christ being paraded through the old commercial centre of Manila. The devotees crowded around the carriage-pulled by ropes and pushed from behind – bearing the statue, known as the Black Nazarene, which is believed to have healing powers, as it crawled through the narrow streets. About 80 percent of the more than 100 million people of the Philippines are Roman Catholic. Authorities expect some 15 to 18 million devotees to touch the Black Nazarene during the procession that is expected to last more than 20 hours.
Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Jan 1 Sunday New Year’s Day Regular Holiday
Jan 28 Saturday Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day Special Non-working Holiday
Feb 25 Saturday People Power Anniversary Observance
Mar 20 Monday March equinox Season
Apr 9 Sunday The Day of Valor Regular Holiday
Apr 13 Thursday Maundy Thursday Regular Holiday
Apr 14 Friday Good Friday Regular Holiday
Apr 16 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance
Apr 24 Monday Lailatul Isra Wal Mi Raj Common Local holidays
May 1 Monday Labor Day Regular Holiday
Jun 12 Monday Independence Day Regular Holiday
Jun 21 Wednesday June Solstice Season
Jun 27 Tuesday Eidul-Fitar Common Local holidays
Aug 21 Monday Ninoy Aquino Day Special Non-working Holiday
Aug 28 Monday National Heroes Day holiday Regular Holiday
Sep 2 Saturday Id-ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Common Local holidays
Sep 3 Sunday Id-ul-Adha Day 2 Common Local holidays
Sep 22 Friday September equinox Season
Sep 22 Friday Amun Jadid Muslim, Common Local holidays
Oct 31 Tuesday Special non-working Day National holiday
Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints’ Day Special Non-working Holiday
Nov 2 Thursday All Souls’ Day Observance
Nov 30 Thursday Bonifacio Day Regular Holiday
Dec 1 Friday Maulid un-Nabi Common Local holidays
Dec 21 Thursday December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve Observance
Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day Regular Holiday
Dec 30 Saturday Rizal Day Regular Holiday
Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve Special Non-working Holiday
A typhoon is expected to hit the Philippines on Christmas Day. Typhoon Nock-Ten, called Typhoon Nina in the Philippines, is forecast to strengthen into a category four typhoon before making landfall on Sunday, local time.
On Saturday morning, the typhoon was approaching at about 20 km/hour. Sustained wind speeds near the centre were 180km/hour, with gusts as high as 250km/hour. The predicted path was through the north of the country, over Manilla, although cities on the East of the country would be hit worse, including Naga in the Bicol Region.
In 2015, a United Nations report listed the Philippines as one of countries most affected by natural disasters and particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Typhoons draw their energy from the warmth of the sea water below, leading scientists to expect them to intensify as global warming continues.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on Filipinos to be welcoming to others, especially to the poor and needy this Christmas season.
In his Christmas message, Tagle said hospitality is “second-nature to us” Filipinos and “enables us to expand our home so that no one could say there was no room for them.”
“Christmas is a reminder of hospitality denied by people but reversed by the merciful hospitality offered by God. I pray that our Christmas may make us more hospitable or welcoming to others, especially the poor and needy. Will we make room for them?” Tagle said.
“As Filipinos and as members of the human family, we need to ask: why is there room for a new television set or the latest gadget but not for another child in the family? Why is ‘rugby’ for sniffing available but not affordable nutritious food? Why are vices within reach of young people while education seems unattainable? Why are guns and other weapons more accessible than decent jobs?” he said.
The cardinal further asked: “Why is there no room for hope for those who have gone astray but much space for condemnation by the self-righteous? Why is there room for hostile despair but little for tender hope? Why is there room for destroying lives but minute space for saving them? What has happened to hospitality? Without hospitality, how could humanity survive?”
Tagle urged the faithful to make room for Jesus “in our heart, homes, neighborhoods, and nations” by welcoming the hungry, thirsty, homeless, sick, naked and prisoners “so that one day we may enjoy the hospitality of God.”
Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said the true spirit of Christmas centers on caring for the poor and the protection of the sanctity of life.
“Ang kapayapaan at ang mga dukha ang siyang sentro at puso ng Pasko. Ang Mesiyas ay isinalang na dukha binasbasan at dinakila niya ang mga dukha. Itinuturing niyang mga anak ng Diyos ang kumikilos para sa kapayapaan sa ating bansang naghihikaos at nababalot ng dilim,” Quevedo said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
(Peace and compassion for the poor are the true center of Christmas. Jesus the Messiah blessed the poor and peacemakers and treated them as His children, including those who are working for the attainment of peace in our impoverished country clouded with darkness.)
“Nawa’y palagi nating bigyang pansin ang mga dukha. Nawa’y bigyan nating halaga at paggalang ang buhay. Panibaguhin ang panalangin at nawa’y kumilos tayo para sa tunay na kapayapaan na sumasaatin bilang biyaya ng Maykapal,” he added.
(May we always make room for the poor and respect the sanctity of human life. May we always pray and act for the attainment of true and everlasting peace, and may God bless us all). RAM/rga