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Commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the martyrs of Bugobe

08/11/2006: Spain

The Marist Family of the Province of Mediterránea, in order to recall the four brothers who died at Bugobe some years earlier, has celebrated without interruption a meeting falling on the closest Saturday to the 31st October, the date of this event; two of these brothers were from our Province.
The tenth of these meetings took place on the 28th October in the Marist school in Seville. About one hundred and fifty people attended: teachers, catechists and members of fraternities. One of the thirty brothers present was Brother Manuel Jorques, Provincial, who referred to the life of these four martyrs in his talk.

After the greetings, there was a moment of prayer. Then, three reporters participated in a round table conference. In the first place was Brother José Antonio Ruiz Abeijón, former Superior of the District of West Africa; he noted the difficulty of living a worthy life amidst causes for which some feel obliged to immigrate to Europe.
In the second place was Gabriel Cuello, a White Father, who spent more than forty years in Africa. He justified the departure of people from this continent by the right of every human being to live with dignity. Finally it was an African who leads a NGO dedicated to immigrants in Spain who spoke. “The rich countries,” he said, “must invest in Africa and in all the other poor countries to procure development for them. Each day the distance between the poor and the rich increases more and more.”

Then, those present shared the meal that they had brought and they conversed in a relaxed and familial ambiance.
In the afternoon, different experiences were offered in a few alternative workshops. Brother Marco Cianca explained the work that his community at El Campico, Murcie, does with the gypsy population.
Brother Fernando Alés, recently arrived from Romania, shared about the work of the brothers in caring for a group of forty street children in a house of welcome. In his talk, he was accompanied by Brother Damiano Forlani who spoke about the work he had developed in this country with Italian students.

Brother Bahjat Azrié presented the project “Learn to grow” that the brothers form Aleppo (Syria) have undertaken. It consists of helping some thirty-five Christian families, marginalised by the Muslim context of the city.
A shared Eucharist finished the day. The organisation of this tenth Marist Family Day was undertaken by the brothers who form part of the Community Life and Spirituality Commission.

Brother José Delgado Garcia

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