The practical implications of the view of mission that places God himself at the center were the subject of a workshop in Siegburg at the beginning of November, attended by about 25 Divine Word missionaries and missiologists. The three SVD Institutes at Sankt Augustin saw the occasion for this workshop in their founding anniversaries 90 years ago (Anthropos Institute), 60 years ago (SVD Missiological Institute) and 50 years ago (Monumenta Serica in Sankt Augustin). The understanding of mission as “missio Dei” (mission of God) started 70 years ago from a mission conference of Protestant churches.
From 10 to 15 October, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was held, the first assembly of SVD laity of the Afram zone (Africa-Madagascar). The meeting was attended by representatives of lay groups from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those from Zambia and Botswana participated online.
The Ecclesial Bible is the African edition of the Bible Official Liturgical Translation (BTOL). The Episcopal Liturgical Association for French-speaking countries (AELF) has given permission to the publishing houses Publicationes Claretianae and Verbum Bible to publish this work for the African continent, the islands and the Caribbean, through the intermediary of the Centre Biblique d'Afrique et Madagascar (CEBAM). Thus, it has the merit of being approved by all French-speaking countries. This is an achievement in the perspective of the unity of the churches in the Church. We thank Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF), the current Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples for his foreword.
Togo has a unique relationship with the SVD when it comes to its own history with the Catholic Church. Although Protestant missionaries were already present in the country, with the exception of one Catholic missionary of the SMA who tried unsuccessfully to establish a Christian community in the middle southern part of this country, the first Catholic missionaries to evangelise the country were the Divine Word Missionaries. Thus, the 130th anniversary of the first arrival of the Divine Word missionaries in Togo also coincides with the age of the Togolese church, since evangelisation in this land begins with the arrival of the Divine Word missionaries.