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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Pope Francis reminds Christians of missionary obligation - ITREALMS

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Pope Francis has reminded Christians of their missionary obligation of taking active role in evangelisation, reports 
ITREALMS.

This was part of Pope's message to the celebrate the 94th World Mission Day on Sunday, 18 October, made available to 
ITREALMS.

The Pope's message came through the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies which highlighted the importance of the Church's missionary action in the world.

According to the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, the annual day is set aside to encourage prayers, cooperation and help for missions, as well as remind Christians of the fundamental missionary character of the Church and of every baptized person.

ITREALMS gathered that the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies for the Propagation of the Faith (PMS) organized a press conference held on Friday at the Holy See Press Office.

“Today we present the Holy Father Pope Francis’s Message for World Mission Day on Sunday, 18 October 2020 entitled, 'Here I am, send me,'" said Archbishop Rugambwa.

“The heart of this message refers to how the mission challenges each one of us, personally, in our vocation and in our belonging to the Church in today’s world,” he said.

Archbishop Rugambwa also explained that the celebration is a source of joy for the Church in spite of the challenges caused by the ongoing health crisis which has "made us realize that we are all; in the same boat, all fragile and disoriented."

Therefore, as baptized Christians, he said, "we're to respond to God’s call to go and transform all areas of life and society by our witness to the Gospel."

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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