By Andrea Gagliarducci
Rome Newsroom, Oct 21, 2022 / 12:00 pm
The missionary strength of the Catholic Church is hard to gauge by numbers or cast into the mold of statistics. Still, Catholic efforts worldwide are measured and reported across many missionary fields of endeavor, ranging from education to health.
According to figures published on the occasion of this year’s World Mission Sunday — this year celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 23 — the Catholic Church manages 72,785 nursery schools in the world attended by 7,510,632 pupils; 99,668 primary schools for 34,614,488 pupils; and 49,437 secondary schools for 19,252,704 pupils.
In the field of health care, the Church manages 5,322 hospitals; 14,415 dispensaries; 534 leper clinics; 15,204 homes for the elderly, the chronically ill, and the disabled; 9,230 orphanages; 10,441 kindergartens; 10,362 marriage counseling centers; 3,137 education or re-education centers; and 34,291 other institutions.
These global figures are a powerful witness to the strength of the Church’s missionary work.
World Mission Day — also known as World Mission Sunday — was established by Pope Pius XI in 1926. It is usually observed on the third Sunday of October.
This year the official theme is “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).
Pope Francis in his message for Sunday described Christ’s words in the Acts of the Apostles as “the heart of Jesus’ teaching to the disciples.”
The pope also noted that 2022 marks several significant missionary anniversaries. It is the fourth centenary of the founding of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide, which oversaw the dramatic expansion of the Catholic world following its foundation by Pope Gregory XV.
The body is known today as the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
It is also the second centenary of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith, founded in 1822 by the French laywoman Pauline Jaricot, who was beatified on May 22.
The body is the oldest of four Pontifical Mission Societies, an umbrella group of Catholic missionary societies under the pope’s jurisdiction.
A worldwide collection is held each year on World Mission Day for the societies, which consists of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, the Society of the Holy Childhood, and the Pontifical Missionary Union.
The first three bodies were granted the title “Pontifical” 100 years ago, the pope observed in his message.
The Pontifical Mission Societies have the task of financially supporting missionary activity, starting with Blessed Pauline Jaricot’s idea of involving ordinary faithful in missionary work.
There are four Pontifical Mission Societies founded in the 19th century: the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood, founded in 1843 in France by Monsignor Forbin-Janson; the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, founded by Jaricot; the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, founded in 1889 on the inspiration of Bishop Jules-Alphonse Cousin of Nagasaki for the formation of priests and put into practice by Stefanie and Jeanne Bigard; and finally the Pontifical Missionary Union, which is an association of clergy, religious, and laity created to stir in the Church a passion for the mission.
Today the mission has changed profoundly.
Western countries have shown less and less missionary zeal. Yet local dioceses are increasingly involved in some territories; there is an increasingly strong presence of local Pontifical Mission Societies in digital media; and there are more and more missionary families.
The Pontifical Mission Societies have the role of continuing to keep the missionary idea alive, with 120 national directions and many initiatives.
Catholic bishops and organizations across Africa are working hard to achieve full financial autonomy for local churches. For many, this is a difficult challenge, given the circumstances. For example, South Sudan is a country with significant needs and specific problems.
Christian communities in countries where they are but a small minority — Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India, for instance — need help regardless of their numbers or political issues simply because they are poor countries.
Church provinces and other communities of the faithful under the authority of a bishop — known as ecclesiastical circumscriptions — dependent on the Dicastery for Evangelization numbered 1,118 in the year 2020, the statistic says.
Most ecclesiastical circumscriptions entrusted to the dicastery are found in Africa (518) and Asia (483), followed by America (71) and Oceania (46).
As of Dec. 31, 2020, there were 1,359,612,000 Catholics worldwide — an overall increase of 15,209,000 people compared with the previous year.
The total number of bishops worldwide has almost stayed the same, at 5,363. On the other hand, there were 410,219 priests worldwide that year, which means a decrease of 4,117 priests compared with the previous year.
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The number of religious who are not ordained priests increased by 274 in the same period, reaching a total number of 50,569.
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Former Alaska couple ordered to pay $1.47 million for fraud against Yakutat elder
A former Alaska couple has been ordered to pay nearly one and a half million dollars for taking money from a Yakutat elder. The couple took hundreds of thousands of dollars and used it to retire early and buy a home in Texas.
Ogle died in 2020 while the case was still pending. Her heirs are expected to get about a $1 million of the judgment.
A decade ago, former Tanana superintendent of schools Carla Sigler and her husband, Vernon James Sigler, approached a friend with a big ask: The couple wanted a quarter of a million dollars to put towards Carla’s retirement.
Their friend, 86-year-old Yakutat elder Neva Ogle, agreed to lend the Siglers the money. They were all living in Yakutat at the time and knew each other well. In a handshake deal, Ogle wrote the couple a check.
The Siglers started repaying Ogle $1,000 a month. A year or so later, Ogle approached them in an attempt to get the money back. But they asked for more. They told Ogle that the quarter million wasn’t enough and that they needed another $50,000. The Siglers later cashed a check for $450,000 that they said in court was a gift.
But Ogle hadn’t written it. The state later presented evidence that it was Carla Sigler who wrote the check even though Ogle signed it.
That’s according to Beth Goldstein, an attorney with the state’s Office of Public Advocacy.
“So when it comes down to it, what we learned throughout this lawsuit was that these individuals, the Siglers … they took 63% of all of the assets that Neva had on hand, not counting her house,” Goldstein said.
Shortly after receiving the second check, the Siglers moved from Yakutat to Bosque County, Texas, where they purchased a five-bedroom house with a swimming pool — all with Ogle’s money.
Carla Sigler was elected Bosque County Treasurer in 2016. She was removed from office this year after a jury found she hadn’t completed the required continuing education for her position, according to the Clifton Record, a newspaper in Bosque County.
Goldstein says the couple had made Ogle many promises.
“They would pay her back when they sold the auto business,” Goldstein said. “They’d pay her back when they sold — they had a house in Fairbanks, they had a house in Yakutat. Neva received no funds from any of the sales of these things.”
When Ogle was 88 — about a year later — she went to the local police in Yakutat, who recorded her. She told officers that the checks were loans that she wanted to get paid back. She wanted her heirs to have something when she was gone.
Goldstein says this police recording was vital to the case.
“The Yakutat Police Department was instrumental in finding this recording,” she said. “And even though none of the officers were currently with the department anymore, they did come back and testify for us. And they were fantastic.”
The police told Ogle to get something in writing. So she went to the couple — who happened to be in Yakutat at the time — and Carla Sigler drafted an agreement, which Ogle signed. That was April of 2014. The agreement had no minimum payments and forgave the debt upon death.
“And it was completely in Carla’s favor, completely contrary to what we heard Neva wanted in the tape,” Goldstein said.
Months later, when the couple moved to Texas, Ogle went to an attorney and filed a lawsuit. She’d been forced to sell her home and move into an assisted living facility after she had spent much of her remaining savings on living expenses.
The State of Alaska got involved when, in 2016, a bank notified them that Ogle was giving money to a scammer. State attorneys filed for a conservatorship to, if nothing else, stop the bleeding.
Shortly afterward, the state found out about her private lawsuit and offered to step in as the plaintiff.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated at Stony Brook: "Unidos Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation" SBU News
celebrating Hispanic and Latino Americans and their contributions to the United States in all major fields, including higher education. The university will showcase the talents and topics relevant to community leaders, faculty, staff and students around significant themes in Latinx culture. This is the 33rd annual celebration and this year’s theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation/Unidos: Inclusividad para una nación más fuerte.”
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
“Our Latino and Latinx students, faculty and staff are essential to Stony Brook’s research and education mission,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “We are fortunate to have a thriving and dynamic Latino and Latinx community at Stony Brook, which enriches every aspect of our campus community.”
The events, scheduled from October 5 – November 1, 2022 will feature a mixture of community activities that include celebrations, performances, panel discussions, culinary experiences, a faculty/staff mixer as well as entertainment:
The 33rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony will feature guest speaker, DR. Miguel and will include student performers, food and festivities.
Deep in the Colombian mountains, the Madrigal family possesses an extraordinary secret. Each member of the family is able to perform magic except 15-year-old Mirabel, who does not seem to possess any unusual abilities and seeks her place in the world. This presentation is a collaboration with the Staller Center for the Arts and the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.
University Libraries will host this panel discussion around the exhibit Deported: A Family Divided. This exhibit is the second installation of an exhibition that chronicles the life of the Quintana-Salazar family as they navigate deportation policies and their impact on the family.
share his Dominican heritage and cuisine with the Stony Brook community at these events:
Locations: Roth Food Court and East Side Dining. (Students interested in participating in the competition must sign up: contact Angela Agnello.
In addition, the Faculty Student Association (FSA) is offering an extensive selection of special menus, Global Nights, international breakfasts and guest chefs for Hispanic Heritage Month. Students can go to
the Fsa for more information on these programs and meals.
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) presents this community talk about the cultural differences between the terms ‘Latinx,’ ‘Latine’ and ‘Hispanic’ in American culture.
The Union Universitaria Latinoamericana (UUL) will host a Faculty and Staff networking and support mixer.
Location: United Nationalities in Transcending Ideologies (UNITI) Cultural Center Conference Room in the Student Union. Open to the Stony Brook University community.
The closing ceremony will provide recognition for students, faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the Latino community at Stony Brook and feature a traditional dinner and fundraising raffle. Guest speaker to be announced.
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comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and is ranked among the top 35 public universities by Forbes and one of the top 100 universities in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges listing. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The university’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize.
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Accenture Song MD on helping brands become ‘life-centric
Pritesh Gadhia is Managing Director, UK and Ireland, at Accenture Song (formerly Accenture Interactive). We asked him about his role, his opinions on the metaverse and the future of brand marketing.
There is no typical day! I’m fortunate to be working in a sector that is going through significant and necessary change. Each day, where possible, I try to find a balance between focusing on the great work we do for clients, our amazing people, and of course a little time for myself.
We’re very lucky to have great clients who have a real desire to drive growth, but the world around us is changing so fast, so we need to keep really close to them to help them stay relevant. This takes a lot of energy from our team – so we spend a lot of time looking after our talent to make sure they have the right opportunities, space to grow and are working in an environment where they feel seen, safe, and connected.
On a more personal level, I start each day by enjoying a gentle walk with my dog, stopping off at my favourite coffee shop before settling down to my desk at home or at the office. I try to balance my week with time at clients and with my team – whether that’s in person or virtual.
The biggest challenge really is the speed of change needed to stay relevant. Incredibly, 90% of C-suite executives are saying that customers and employees are changing faster than they can change their business. This shift has been driven by two years of major disruption, which has spurred people on to re-think their relationships with work, technology, and the planet. Companies have no option but to design new ways of doing business.
Brands need to be ready for the era of questions! What I mean by this is that there’s a new expectation from consumers to ask, and have questions answered, at the touch of a button or through a brief exchange with a voice assistant.
The fact that it’s so easy and immediate means people are asking more and more questions. For brands, the range of customer questions and the number of channels for asking them is growing constantly. How to answer them is a future source of competitive advantage, so we expect to see significant innovation in this space.
Our Technology Vision report showed plenty of optimism, with 71% of global execs saying it will have a positive impact on their business. I’m genuinely excited about the possibilities of the metaverse and how it could transform some of our client organisations – but brands need to approach it with some caution.
Businesses must use the opportunity to ensure that it is developed with responsibility at its core. From ownership of data to inclusion and diversity, to sustainability and through to security and personal safety, this work must begin now.
I’m closely watching how brands are experimenting with the use of digital twins. We’ve traditionally thought of digital twins as replicas of machines (e.g. duplicates of airline engines to know what maintenance is required). But in the metaverse we could see an acceleration of this whole idea that we can have twins of things. So, we could build digital twins of our homes to monitor the flow of products and services, and when we came to sell our house there would be a digitally secured record of our house’s system. That could create some amazing commercial opportunities.
We’ve seen brands launching new experiences across virtual and physical environments, one particularly interesting example is Gucci creating The Gucci Garden Experience to sell virtual products, resulting in the sale of a virtual-only digital twin of a Gucci purse which went for a higher price than its real-world counterpart!
Accenture has always had a longstanding culture of change – but the coming months and years will see an acceleration of this. From idea, to build, to operating with strategic managed services, we are going to help our clients to access ideas, talent, and results faster than ever before.
With everything going on in the world right now, we want to help more businesses go from being “customer-centric” to “life-centric”. Brands need to appreciate that customers’ lives are more complicated and changeable than ever before, and make sure they understand the external forces influencing their decision making. Ultimately, we believe life-centric brands will respond faster to consumer behaviour changes and lead the market.
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