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Visit of the International President M.I. in Japan

The MI International President, Raffaele Di Muro, was in Japan on November 21-23, and visited  the MI national center, MUGENZAI NO SONO (Marytown). On November 21st, he visited the Kolbian Museum, particularly the cell where saint Maximilian Kolbe lived. He also had the opportunity to exchange ideas with the national assistant, fra’ GIOVANNI BATTISTA YAMAGUCHI and to visit the seat of the journal SEIBO NO KISHI. On November 22nd, he met all the friars of the Japanese Province and explain them the history and current situation of MI. On November 23rd, the visit ended with the solemn celebration of the Mass The visit was very important because there was the possibility to program the future of MI in Japan.

Fra’ Raffaele Di Muro
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BRASILIA: Congress of the delegates of M.I.

On November 3-4, the delegates of the M.I. from Brasilia and St. Bernard do Campo (Săo Paulo) met at the theological institute of Brasilia. The goal of this conference was the preparation of the first national electoral assembly, which will give a government to the M.I. Brazil. The meeting, chaired by the International M.I. President, fr. Raffaele Di Muro, was characterized by the fraternal confrontation between the M.I. members, that prepared the next assembly elective. The assembly will be in Brasilia on 1-3 June 2018, when M.I. Brazil will have its only governmental and organizational structure. Two commissions will be working to ensure that the event is well prepared in a spiritual and practical way. The unity of our association in Brazil will give even more strength to the dynamic kolbean movement in this nation.

Fra’ Raffaele Di Muro

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Kolbean Symposium in Zagreb

On September 16-17, 2017, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the MI, the province of the Friars Minor Conventual, the MI National Center and other institutions active in Croatia, organized a symposium on the pressing subject of Freemasonry. The meeting was held in the auditorium of the St. Francis friary in Zagreb. The delicate subject was treated from various perspectives (juridical, spiritual, social, historical and political), thanks to the contributions offered by many illustrious scholars. As we know, the founding of the MI in 1917 was triggered by the attacks of Masonic organizations against the Church at the time. St. Maximilian established the Militia of the Immaculata both to counteract the activities of the lodges and for the conversion of Freemasons. The symposium addressed in a special way this missionary objective of the Marian-Kolbean movement, which continues to be very relevant today. St. Maximilian’s pastoral impetus led him to extend his apostolic activity to the Freemasons who, therefore, are not excluded from the evangelical mission promoted by the Saint. These topics were developed by informative presentations by well-known scholars such as Zdravko Tuba (MI National Assistant for Croatia), Zbigniew Suchecki (from the St. Bonaventure Pontifical Theological Faculty, Rome), Milan Gelo, Bernardin Filinić, Ivan Mužić, Ivan Karlić and many others. Fr. Raffaele Di Muro, the MI International President, was invited to present a conference on the new evangelization according to the principles suggested by St. Maximilian Kolbe. A large number of people, even from neighboring countries, attended the symposium, which was enriched by times of intense prayer. The tireless organizer of the symposium was the Croatian Provincial Minister, Fr. Josip Blažević, who also announced the publication of the Writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Croatian. This Kolbean event was truly a fitting way to celebrate the MI Centenary in Croatia.

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The International President in Croatia

The International President, fra’ Raffaele Di Muro visited the M.I, Croatia (on september 18th) ed spoke with the National Assitent, fra’ Zdravko Tuba, about the celebrations of the centenary in Rome and in Zagreb. The M.I. Croatia does a very interesting apostolate by the Mariafest e a Kolbian choir: the future of our association in this nation ‘ll be very interesting. The International President visited also the office of “Veritas”, a catholic journal of Croatia, and was availble for an interview for Vatican Radio Croatia.

Fr. Raffaele Di Muro


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