Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: VATICAN – “An extraordinary time of missionary activity” begins tomorrow
Vatican City – “For the month of October 2019 I asked the whole Church to live an extraordinary time of missionary activity to commemorate the centenary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter Maximum illud of Pope Benedict XV . The prophetic far-sightedness of his apostolic proposal confirmed how important it is still today to renew the Church’s missionary commitment, to redevelop its mission to proclaim and bring to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again, in an evangelical sense”. Thus writes Pope Francis in his Message for this year’s World Mission Sunday, which has the same title as the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019: “Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world”. “Celebrating this month – the Pope writes – will help us first of all rediscover the missionary meaning of our adhesion of faith to Jesus Christ, faith freely received as a gift in Baptism”.