Much of the chapter’s work on Thursday was in small groups. In the meeting hall there were only a few business items: information about the next day’s visit with Pope Francis, approval of a statement from the chapter on the persecution of Christians, a presentation on the use of DehonDocs, and a look at the tenth anniversary website produced by “Dein Reich Komme,” a publication of the German Province. However, during one of the presentations participants were reminded…
The first item of business at the General Chapter on Wednesday was the four motions. The first called for a public statement of solidarity to be made by the congregation on behalf of persecuted Christians. “It is estimated that 50 million Christians are persecuted each year, yet this issue rarely gets the attention of the media,” said Fr. Pedro Fernandes Coutinho In presenting the motion. Capitulars agreed that the concern is significant but that instead of directing attention solely…