Solomon Islands – Peregrination of Paschal Candle and Cross in view of 60th anniversary of Gizo diocese

04 May 2021

(ANS - Gizo) - To prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the diocese of Gizo, (1966-2026) its bishop, the Salesian Msgr. Luciano Capelli, has launched a five-year journey of preparation, which began in recent weeks with an itinerant journey of the paschal candle and a cross through the various parishes and communities. Traveling by ship between the numerous islands that make up the territory of the diocese, the candle and the cross stimulate the pastoral life and rekindle the evangelizing fire of every baptized person.

The pilgrimage began on April 14 in the "St Peter" cathedral of Gizo with the blessing of the candle and the jubilee cross, and their official delivery to the pastoral team in charge, by Msgr. Capelli.

Its first destination was the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the community of algae growers at Wagina. The following destinations were the parish of “Christ the King” in Voruvoru, the parish of “St Dominic” in Sirovanga, and the parish of “St John Bosco” in Taro; before continuing with the stops at the "St Joseph" church in Moli, the "Holy Rosary" in Nila, near Gizo, and at the parish of "St Eusebius" in Noro.

In each of these locations, a three-day animation activity has been planned, during which the history of the Church and the message of light that Jesus brings to these parishes is highlighted.

Through their homilies, the priests involved in the various realities invited the faithful to allow themselves to be renewed by Jesus Christ, so that His light may continue to illuminate their hearts and lives from Baptism (represented by the candle) to death (represented by the cross).

The visit of the candle and the cross also become an opportunity to revitalize vocational activities for couples, youth ministry and missionary activities among young people.

"Baptized, consecrated and sent for missions" is the theme that will mark the Diamond Jubilee of the diocese of Gizo, a theme that wants to remind each lay faithful to their responsibility in building the Kingdom of God for a new society, new community, new family.

The conclusion of the pilgrimage of the candle and the cross is scheduled for the third week of May 2021.


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