Theater, St Paul and Evangelization

ASIA/INDIA - Conclusion of the Pauline Year: using the theater to evangelize
Mumbai (Agenzia Fides) – Evangelize using the most ancient form of mass communications, which carries a great symbolic character: use the theater. This was the idea that inspired the Daughters of Saint Paul in India, who have launched – in honor of the closing of the Pauline Year (June 29) – an interesting project in Vasai and later in Mumbai, two Indian metropolises in the state of Maharashtra, in the west-central India. The courageous sisters, filled with a generous missionary spirit, have written a script in Marathi (the local dialect), entitled: “Parivartan Shaulacha,” which means “The Conversion of Saint Paul.” With the help of various lay Catholics and thanks to the collaboration of qualified artists, they organized the performance, which was met with great success among the public, Catholics and non alike. The leading actor, who played Paul, “performed his part with great intensity, as did the other characters.” The play will continue being shown in Vasai and later in Mumbai. The project shows the work of Paul, his love for Christ Crucified and his passion in apostolic action, and has proven to be a useful instrument for vocational promotion and evangelization, and even the youth have begun showing interest in the story of the Apostle.The Archdiocese of Mumbai, for the Pauline Year, has joined the Pauline Family in organizing various study seminars and prayer encounters. The Year of Saint Paul has been a moment of dialogue and mission for the Catholics of India, as they seek to bring the Gospel to those who still do not know the Christian message, being inspired by the courage and dedication of the Apostle to the Gentiles.Among the initiatives taking place in the country is a new version of the Bible, including the revision and contributions of numerous Indian experts and theologians. Published by the Saint Paul Society, it has been distributed throughout the country. The volume contains commentaries, notes, and references to Indian culture, thus making it more accessible to Indian readers. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/5/2009)

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