Three main themes animated the laity during the celebration of the Lay Days of Madagascar from 23 to 25 September 2022. During the catechesis, Bishop Jean de Dieu Raoelison exhorted the laity that they play an important role in being witnesses of the Truth in society. Here is the catechesis on these three themes by Mgr Jean de Dieu Raoelison, Bishop of Ambatondrazaka, President of the Episcopal Commission for the Lay Apostolate.

The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal Mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ, in whom our only hope lies. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus leaves this body to dwell with the Lord. Fr Randriamanamahenina Robert Marie answers our questions about the liturgy of the Christian funeral

Men are disposed to receive the main effect of the sacraments through the sacramentals which are instituted by the Church for the sanctification of certain ministries of the Church, certain states of life, and very varied circumstances of the Christian life. Broadcast on the meaning of sacramentals with Fr. Randriamanamahenina Robert Marie

Bishop Jean Pascal Andriantsoavina encourages young people not to give up on life. "Fill your life with Jesus Christ, no matter what. Deepen the faith, and don't be afraid to be a Catholic Christian," he told young people who attended WYD Mada X. He urged young people to stand up for their values and be trustworthy. Catechism of Bishop Jean Pascal Andriantsoavina, September 1, 2022, JMJ Mada X, Antsirabe.

Visitatio ad limina Apostolorum

The Episcopal Conference of Madagascar carries out a pilgrimage visit called "Visitatio ad limina". This visit is held in the Basilicas of the Apostles in Rome every five years where the bishops pray, meet and talk with the Holy Father and visit the different dicasteries and congregations of the Vatican for the good of the life of the Church and the people of God. Jean Séraphin Rafanomezantsoa, Secretary of Coordination, Episcopal Conference of Madagascar.

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Love and Salvation

Christmas is a great joy, because it is the love of God that has come to us, proclaims Fr. Bizimana Innocent, Provincial Superior of the Salesians Don Bosco of Madagascar and Mauritius, presenting his Christmas greetings. Salvation is accomplished, so life is not in danger of disappearing. It is this love and this salvation that we wish to fill our life so that we have peace.

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Zatti, our brother

The short film "Zatti, our brother" (Argentina, 2020) focuses on one of the most difficult episodes of his life. We are in Viedma, in 1941: at the age of 60, Zatti is forced to leave the hospital he has attended for decades. His faith and strength are tested.

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