The solemn opening of the Congress took place on Sunday evening the 27th July, in Aparecida, Brasil. The theme chosen for the Congress this year is “The most crucial challenges for ethical reflection today”.
By the time of the opening, more than 140 participants had arrived from many different parts of the world, including various lay collaborators.
Fr. Provincial celebrated the opening mass, emphasising the importance of moral theology for the pastoral life of the Congregation. Basing his reflection on the parables of the Gospel, Fr. Provincial invited all the participants to join forces in searching out new ways of communicating the message of the Gospel in a suitable manner in today’s world.
Redemptorist Bishop D’Arci spoke a word of welcome after the Mass, expressing a special welcome to many confreres he has known during his time as Rector of the Redemptorist Community in Rome.