The Mission Hub


The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Pope for the Whole World

Last weekend the eyes of the world were fixed on Vatican City as Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed his predecessor, Pope John Paul II “Blessed,” thus completing the second step in the process of canonization. From the early days of his life, and continuing until his death, Pope John Paul had a true missionary heart and mind as he fulfilled his vocation to serve God and His people. Not only did he travel extensively in order to share the Good News of the Gospel personally with as many people as possible, he wrote and spoke often of the missionary vocation entrusted to every Catholic at Baptism.

In his 1990 encyclical letter, Redemptoris Missio, the Holy Father shared the reasons that he was committed to these missionary journeys. From the beginning of my Pontificate I have chosen to travel to the ends of the earth in order to show this missionary concern. My direct contact with peoples who do not know Christ has convinced me even more of the urgency of missionary activity, a subject to which I am devoting the present encyclical.

He also reaffirmed the mandate to participate in the missionary life of the Church that is given to all baptized believers. The first form of witness is the very life of the missionary, of the Christian family, and of the ecclesial community, which reveal a new way of living. The missionary who, despite all his or her human limitations and defects, lives a simple life, taking Christ as the model, is a sign of God and of transcendent realities. But everyone in the Church, striving to imitate the Divine Master, can and must bear this kind of witness; in many cases it is the only possible way of being a missionary.

These words of Blessed John Paul II echo what the staff of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith often says about missionary activity: Some give by going; others go by giving. Not everyone is able to leave home and family to bring the message of the Gospel to those who would otherwise never hear it. However, everyone is able to support the missionary activity of the Church in some way. Blessed John Paul II was the first pope to journey to every corner of the world. His life and ministry provide each one of us with inspiration to rise to the challenge of living out our own missionary vocation, whatever form it takes.

For more information on the ways in which you can support the work of the missions, see our website http://www.propfaithboston.org/.
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, J.C.L.

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