“Which place do you assign to the deacons in a diaconal church?”
Diakonia is our mission and the mission of all the Church. IDC President Klaus Kießling promised Pope Francis to stay faithful to the diaconal mission. And because the Pope himself is animated by the vision of a diaconal Universal Church, Kießling felt encouraged to ask a question: Which place do you assign to the deacons in a diaconal church?
At the IDC’s invitation, almost 600 deacons from 35 countries and four continents came together in Rome and Assisi between the 21st and the 25th of October 2015. They celebrated the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the diaconate as a proper rank of the Church’s hierarchy. It was also during the 2nd Vatican Council that the International Diaconate Centre was founded and the celebrations provided the IDC with the opportunity to look back on 50 eventful years. You will be able to find here, in this video, the valuable experiences, the inspiring encounters and the impressive celebrations of the Jubilee days in Rome and Assisi.
Countless people live in the slums of Mumbai, in the worst possible conditions. The deacons of Mumbai take care of the people’s health, supporting the Community Centres as they offer preventative health and healthcare services. They give an impressive witness of God’s closeness, they heal wounds and warm up hearts.
No distance is too far for the Cuban deacons. Together with their wives, they care for people in the rural areas and join social commitment with the proclamation of the Good News. They invest their spare time in a powerful missionary witness.