Society of African Missions (SMA)
Rev. Fr Angel Espuela, a Spanish SMA, was ordained a priest in his parish of Virgin Madre, Laganés, on the outskirts of Madrid, on Saturday, January 28, 2017. He is the first of the twenty or so new SMA priests, going to be ordained this year in different countries. Angel, 56, was already a member of the SMA as a brother, for about fifteen years. One of our reports met the ordained and this is what he had to say.
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Lk 1: 35).
“The miracle of unity has begun!” These are the words of Pope Francis in a 2014 video message sent to a gathering of Pentecostal ministers on the subject of “Unity”. Is that affirmation of the Pope a dream or a reality?
The popular revolts, made of blood and deads, encountered in the Democratic Republic of Congo, give us the opportunity to reflect once again on the question of Africa and Power.
Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has been on the « outsckirts » almost permanently. Some even say that he is the 'pope of the unbelievers', with a negative connotation, it seems. As for us, missionaries, on the contrary, we must rejoice.