Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection. Reaching the peripheries—the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel: this is what we call the missio ad gentes. We must also remember that the heart of the Church’s mission is prayer. In this Extraordinary Missionary Month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary “spring” for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church.
In our Society, we are talking more and more about “our missionary projects outside Africa.” In order to understand our position better, it might be a good idea to publish the letter of Pope Francis commemorating the centenary of the Apostolic letter of Benedict XV “Maximum Illud” published in 1919. I quote two little phrases so that you may understand why I am saying this:
Continue reading “May we never be robbed of missionary enthusiasm (PE nr. 1088 – 2018/02)”
DECEMBER : The Elderly.
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations. Continue reading “Intention of the Pope”
NOVEMBER : Christians in Asia.
That Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and deed, may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions. Continue reading “Intention of the Pope”
OCTOBER : Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good. Continue reading “Intention of the Pope”
SEPTEMBER : Parishes.
That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen. Continue reading “Intention of the Pope”
AUGUST : Artists.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation. Continue reading “Intention of the Pope”
JULY : Lapsed Christians.
That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life. Continue reading “Intention of the Pope”