The 23rd World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea is set to take place in Rome.
God willing, this World Congress, the largest in recent times, will take place in the Catholic Church’s Synod Hall, Vatican City, from 19th to 23rd November 2012. The Congress is themed “New Evangelisation in the maritime world”. It is dedicated to finding new ways to proclaim the the Good News in ministries to seafarers.
The Congress will include eucharistic celebrations in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Speakers from The Holy See will include His Excellency Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglió, President of the Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, who will welcome delegates to the Congress, and H.E. Msgr. Joseph Kalathiparambil, Secretary of the same Council who will introduce the Congress theme. H.E. Msgr. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Proclamation of the New Evangelization,will deliver the keynote address. Fr. Bruno Ciceri, AOS International and member of the ICMA Executive Committee, will address the Congress on the AOS past, present and future in the light of the New Evangelization.
Other speakers of note will include Mr. David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), and Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Labour Standards of ILO, Geneva, who will speak to the subject MLC 2006: an instrument to promote seafarers welfare. Well loved ICMA personality, Ms. Apinya Tajit, Deputy Director of AOS Sriracha, Thailand, will speak on Problems and difficulties in providing welfare to seafarers.
Wednesday, November 21st is World Fisheries Day. The Congress will dedicate the day to its ministries to fishers. Thursday will be dedicated to the effect of piracy on seafarers and their families, and Friday to matters theological: The Great Commission. ICMA’s general secretary, Reverend Hennie la Grange, will address the subject: Ecumenism, new evangelization and maritime world.
ICMA prays for the AOS during its 23rd World Congress. May your deliberations be blessed by God’s presence. May His Spirit fulfill, enthuse and inspire you.
CLICK HERE for the full programme of events at the AOS World Congress XXIII
CLICK HERE to see a video news report on the Congress. Source: Rome Report