To promote at the national and international level the affirmation of a Christian vision of military life and the values that characterize it; to foster international understanding and cooperation as a contribution to the strengthening of peace in the world; and to address, in the light of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church, questions of a spiritual, ethical, moral and social order proper to military life. This is the aim of the organization “International Military Apostolate” (AMI), recognized by the Holy See, which will celebrate its 58th General Assembly in Belgium from 10 to 15 at the diocesan pastoral center in Mechelen. It will open on Sunday afternoon 10 September 2023 with a greeting from the new bishop of Mechelen Brussels, Luc Terlinden, who is also military ordinary for Belgium.
There will be 60 delegate participants, from 15 different nations, hosted by the Belgian Military Ordinariate. Closely related to the current scenario is this year’s theme. This year’s theme pertains, in fact, to “The Christian attitude in contemporary warfare.” The same will be addressed thanks to the contribution of various countries, also arguing on international humanitarian law, again from the religious perspective. A Ukrainian delegation will also be present.
The military bishops taking part this year are those from France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Belgium, and the apostolic nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg, Bishop Franco Coppola.