Today, 19th October 2012, started with the concelebrated Eucharistic celebration, presided over by Fr. Romuald Uzabumwana, Regional Rector of the Holy Family Region. These words from his homily are worth reflecting on: "St. Paul, the Apostle underlines the importance of faith in the mission of every believer, including the Superior of a Congregation. Without love, we run the risk of becoming simple workers – functionaries of God, as administrators of various agencies of the Catholic Church".
The first session in the morning was dedicated to the juridical norms for the protection of children, prepared by the Juridical Commission and presented by its President, Fr. Vitaliy Gorbatykh. The second session was once again on the protection of children and the conference was given by Sr. Colette Stevenson. In this session, the psychological, social and religious aspects of the protection of children were considered.
Both the sessions in the afternoon were dedicated to Pallottine presence in Africa. Fr. Filipek Stanislaw, President of the Permanent Working Group for Africa presented the report of their study, followed by the report of Bro Bert Meyer, the Mission Secretary of the Heart of Jesus Province. After listening to all the discussions, the Rector General, Fr. Jacob Nampudakam, drew certain conclusions for future action. A point that was emphasized by all was that we needed to reinforce the spirit of collaboration in Africa. Seeing the great need to coordinate all the initiatives taken in favor of our presence and apostolate in Africa, the Rector General himself assumed this responsibility, of course, to be realized in collaboration with the Provinces, the Permanent Working Group, the Permanent Secretariat for Formation for Africa and all the confreres. The discussion on these topics will be continued tomorrow afternoon.