This Sunday is World Mission Sunday, in which we celebrate the mercy of God as we extend His loving heart to our neighbor half a world away, through our prayers and sacrifices. In announcing his decision to declare a Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis said, “Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy.” Supporting the young churches throughout the world with your prayers and generous gifts is indeed a merciful witness of this mission. The collection today will help missionaries offer the poor of Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe practical help as they share the mercy of God. It will ensure the development of local dioceses, and support the work of priests, religious, and lay leaders who serve those on the margins and in most need.
Here are some ways in which your generosity supports work in 1,111 mission dioceses throughout the world:
In Latin America, catechists travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of God’s great love to families.
In parts of Europe, new churches are being built to welcome faith communities renewed after years of persecution.
In Asia, six million children receive an education from religious sisters in some 16,000 Church-run elementary schools.
In Oceania, 1,000 young men are preparing for the priesthood to bring the Lord’s healing hope and peace to those in need.
In Africa, those who are sick are provided with loving care at 6,400 Catholic hospitals and small clinics.
One way to continue your connection with the Missions all year long is the Missio App, which offers a direct connection to the priests, religious sisters and brothers, and laity leading projects that provide essential education and health care, social outreach and advocacy, and pastoral service. Visit missio.org for more information.
Please extend your merciful witness to the whole world through your gift in today’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. And may God bless you!