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MOLDOVA (REPUBLIC OF) The Catholic Church in Moldova, at the start of its twenty-fourth year of activity, first as Apostolic Administration and subsequently as a Diocese, is in continual growth and above all “pastoral adaptation” to the needs and conditions of the country, taking into consideration, too, the small number of Catholic faithful. PRESBYTERAL COMMUNION AND PERMANENT FORMATION The condition of the clergy in the Republic of Moldova demands great commitment and care, since the majority are fidei donum priests and religious, even if there are now the first native priests, so the Bishop has continued with his intention to increase presbyteral communion and dialogue and has been carefully and scrupulously committed to working with clergy and religious, with constant presence in pastoral areas and in personal dialogue. The aim to give quality to the life of the clergy, already in itself impoverished due to conditions in the country, continues to represent the constant objective through a major commitment full of generosity and openness. It is not just about guaranteeing correct presence and closeness, but also promoting events and opportunities of a formative nature, a guarantee of the pastoral future of the Catholic Church in Moldova. EVANGELISATION AND FORMATION OF THE LAITY Equally important has been the work undertaken for the formation of the laity and in particular for greater involvement in participatory bodies, like Parish Pastoral Councils. The attention of the laity has enabled the appropriate strengthening of the parishes and their pastoral commitment in liturgy, catechesis and charity. CATECHESIS The Diocesan Catechetical Commission has been established and so a reflection course begun on the formation of catechists, the use of formative texts, sacramental preparation, catechesis of young people and adults. The Commission’s work has led to a greater awareness of the situation in the parishes and an understanding of the real future needs, so that

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MGR. CESARE LODESERTO

catechesis might be a supportive element for evangelisation. LITURGY Life in the parishes is focussed fundamentally on the Sunday liturgy, which represents the most important moment of encounter and dialogue with the community, which comes together on the Lord’s Day to celebrate the Eucharist and live out the necessary church communion. The objective of the diocesan pastoral plan has been to give greater impetus to the community liturgy, to liturgical propriety and to song. CHARITY In previous years a substantial transformation of Caritas had been launched, and this continued until to the opening of a larger office more able to respond to the different needs. The diocese’s commitment to helping those who are last and looking to the margins remains a priority, thanks to the commitment of Caritas and all the other bodies involved in social assistance in the diocese. Much more far-reaching plans have been developed, from working to children and young offenders, to the welcome of minors and the prevention of social difficulties, from welcoming those sleeping on the streets to the care of alcoholics, from care for the housebound to soup kitchens. Charity is one of the strongest opportunities for witness and evangelisation. The activities of parish Caritas groups and the involvement of increasingly motivated laity have been strengthened with the same aim of a more effective presence throughout the diocese. THE ROLE OF CHURCH MOVEMENTS The movements are another point of reference in church life, in particular through increased collaboration with Renewal in the Spirit, which has in Moldova its only foreign mission and its structure for formation and social activity, too, and the Neocatechumenal Community, and they are already becoming two important elements present in areas of the capital and other areas of major population density. Also of note is the commitment of the Focolarini Movement and Catholic Action. The movements have been asked for greater collabora-

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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