Reflection on “Basic Knowledge on the Lay People in the World”

Reflection on “Basic Knowledge on the Lay People in the World”

by Jayani

Hello everyone. I am Jayani from Sri Lanka. First of all, I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the course “Basic Knowledge on the Lay People in the World” being held through the ALL Forum. Although I am studying for degree in Christianity at first I did not have a good understanding regarding Lay Theology, but after attending to this course I was able to gain a better understanding of Lay Theology.

This course had eight sessions. By participating in this course I had the opportunity to study new topics each week. Topics such as who is laity?, Aparecida document, historical signposts in the making of laity, Catholic/Ecclesial movements, Liberation of the Laity, Gaudete eat Exsultate by Pope Francis, etc. When we focused on Aparecida document, I learned about Kingdom of God. Besides I was also able to learn how to promote human dignity and how to put it into an action. Apostolical Actuositatem is the second Vatican council decree on the apostolate of the Laity. This was an important resource for this course. We discussed about different Catholic movements around the world. Gaudete et Exsultate is the third apostolic exhortation of pope Francis. It addresses the universal call to holiness, with a focus to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time. This course also focused on the various encyclicals presented by the Pope Francis.

I decided to take this course to gain a broad knowledge of this subject. The most highlighted event of this course was the group discussion. Because it enabled me to gain knowledge as well as share our ideas with members in other countries. Through this group discussion it was also possible to know others social information.

All these lessons were very well explained by Ms. Kochurani. Here I express my heartfelt thank to her. I would like to thank Mr. Neilan who managed this course very well. I also appreciate the support received from members in other countries for the successful completion of this course. Overall, this course was a great success! Thank You!

130 Years After Revolutionary Change…

130 Years After Revolutionary Change…

By Neilan D’souza

On the 15th of May 1891, Pope Leo XIII published the Encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’ which focused mainly on Capital and labour and articulated the Catholic Church’s response to social conflict in the wake of capitalism and industrialization which had provoked socialist and communist movements and ideologies. This year 2021, commemorates 130 years of ‘Revolutionary Change’ (direct translation of the Latin meaning of ‘Rerum Novarum’) taking place in the Catholic church. Since then, the Church formally began to recognise the social issues in the society. This Encyclical set the ground for valuable teachings, known today as the Catholic Social Teachings.

The post industrial revolution era gave rise to many more drastic problems to society. Along with the ever growing wage gap, poverty and inhumane working conditions, Environmental issues such as water, land and air pollution intensified; numerous diseases and infections emerged, as well as rapid afforestation, mining and other activities adding up to ecological degradation lead to the drastic climate crisis which we are suffering from even today.
In the course of 130 years many developments and papal documents have been published by subsequent Popes addressing various social issues persisting in our societies. But due to unawareness, apathy or disregard by both the laity and clergy towards achieving social and climate justice, we have all fallen victims to the ‘business as usual’ culture prevalent in our world today.

To the numerous social injustices taking place in the world, we as Christians and Catholics have an important role to play in our personal christian lives. As “People of God” It is not enough for us to only participate in acts of charity but we must strongly engage ourselves in social action. We must actively contribute towards building awareness of the numerous injustices taking place in our environments and seek action by organising ourselves or unite with existing causes in order to amplify the process of change.

Therefore in this issue of the ALL Forum E-newsletter we encourage our readers to participate in acts beyond charity especially during these times and amplify the process of social change.

My Views on ALL Forum’s Online Course

My Views on ALL Forum’s Online Course

by Suneel Boota, TIL

I am very glad to share my views about ALL Forum Online Course 3: Interreligious Dialogue and Catholic Teachings. In this course Fr. Bagus from Indonesia is our rescores person. In this course we discussed why the interreligious dialogue is important and why the interfaith dialogue is necessary. ALL Forum is playing its role very well during this pandemic situation by training the Asian Lay Leaders through this online course. Talking is important for life no one can live alone in this world we all are depend to one another.

Peace is the world’s most urgent need. All human beings are a human family and God wants all human beings to live happy and healthy lives. Today our world is divided in the face of different types of discrimination. I feel it is time to preach the Gospel of peace and development, without any discrimination, and it’s not possible without interreligious dialogue.

Interreligious dialogue is a challenging process by which believers of differing religious traditions encounter each other in order to break down the walls of division that stand at the center of most wars. The objective of Interreligious Dialogue is Peace.

Interfaith dialogue means the communication, dialogue and cooperation between different faiths and religious groups. Since 1964 the Catholic Church has had the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue established. This council aims to promote respect and collaboration between different faiths and religions. It also aims to promote dialogue to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among peoples of different faiths.

In 2019 His Holiness Father Pope Francis visited United Arab Emirates (UAE), and while leaving UAE His Holiness “I am about to leave for the United Arab Emirates. I am visiting that Country (UAE) as a brother, in order to write a page of dialogue together, and to travel paths of peace together. Pray for me!” Pope Francis.

As I live in Pakistan religious pluralism can exist here and this course will help me to understand the different faiths and beliefs to promote peace in this world. We all are one in Christ and sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. Peace starts with a smile.