ASIA/CAMBODIA – In the “Keo-Seima” nature reserve: Catholic community begins building a church

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ASIA/CAMBODIA – Within the “Keo-Seima” nature reserve: Catholic neighborhood begins constructing a church

Phnom Penh (Agenzia Fides) – A part of the “Keo Seima” nature reserve, the licensed forest conservation undertaking is positioned in japanese Cambodia, within the provinces of Mondulkiri and Kratié. The area can be the ancestral and present-day dwelling of the indigenous Bunong individuals, who’re inextricably linked via their tradition and historical beliefs to the forest during which they reside. The Bunong – known as “Montagnards” by the French colonists together with different tribal teams and settled in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos – are historically animists: they consider that nature is populated by good and evil spirits and in addition observe ancestor worship. On this pure paradise, a Catholic chapel will likely be constructed for the Bunong individuals, who observe subsistence farming in small forest villages, in order that they’ll be taught the Gospel of Christ and expertise his love”. Msgr. Pierre Hangly Suon, Apostolic Prefect of Kampong Cham, presided over the Eucharist with the “laying of the muse stone” ceremony in Keo Seima on 1 February, in entrance of an meeting of monks and nuns, in addition to about 150 Catholic believers from numerous communities within the Mondulkiri area. The Apostolic Prefect defined that the development of a church was a response to the rising variety of believers within the space (70 Catholics and 15 catechists) and that it might now proceed to develop in line with God’s plan. This church will likely be “a middle for the proclamation of the Gospel, some extent of sunshine and evangelization to proclaim the love of God to all of the individuals within the space.” “This small church, however above all of the church made up of individuals, ought to be a lightweight of God’s grace to these round us, in order that they could know Christ and be saved by him,” the bishop mentioned. Father Jean Marie Vianney Borei Phan, the priest in command of the parishes in Mondulkiri, recounted the beginnings of the Bunong Catholic neighborhood in “Keo Seima”. In 2009, some native representatives traveled to Vietnam, the place they met a Catholic neighborhood and noticed how individuals residing the religion assist the sick and poor. On the finish of December 2009, two Bunong households from “Keo Seima” transformed to Catholicism and in 2010 they met the priest in command of Mondulkiri Province. That is how a small pastoral and missionary work among the many indigenous individuals, with a primary “mission station” started. The provincial authorities has now given permission to construct a church. The Apostolic Prefect Suon laid two stones through the development begin ceremony: the primary comes from the village of Gati, the place the proclamation of religion started in Mondulkiri; the second comes from the parish of Nak Loeung in Banam, in Kampong Cham Prefecture, one of many oldest parishes within the nation, based 160 years in the past. The constructing is predicted to take nearly a 12 months to finish and locals have agreed to work on it. (PA) (Agenzia Fides, 10/2/2024)



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