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The Holy Father asks for our prayers for specific intentions each month, one for some general worldwide need, and another for a specific need related to evangelization. You are invited to answer the Holy Father's request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for these intentions each month.
Once again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of
Jesus, "the very first and greatest evangelizer" (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi,
7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love
of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Day invites us
to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith.
The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be
the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up
serving their purpose and passing away. So it is important to ask
ourselves certain questions about our Christian identity and our
responsibility as believers in a world marked by confusion,
disappointment and frustration, and torn by numerous fratricidal wars
that unjustly target the innocent. What is the basis of our mission? What is the heart of our mission? What are the essential approaches we need to take in carrying out our mission?
-Pope Francis, Message for World Mission Day 2017
Jesus was a missionary. As the Word of God, he is the light of all nations. As the Word made flesh, he brought God's own life into our midst. Before returning to the Father, he sent the Church to continue the mission given him by the Father and empowered her with his Spirit: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you" (Jn 20:21).
The Church, therefore, is missionary by her very nature. She continues the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit by proclaiming to the ends of the earth the salvation Christ offers those who believe in him. We are faithful to the nature of the Church to the degree that we love and sincerely promote her missionary activity. As teachers and pastors we are responsible for keeping alive a vibrant Catholic missionary spirit in the United States.
The Church's mission is to proclaim the salvation of Christ to the ends of the earth. As teachers and pastors, bishops are responsible for promoting Catholic world missions in the United States.The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis supports initiatives which focus on the Church's world mission by promoting mission education and working collaboratively with the Pontifical Mission Societies and other mission organizations.
Learn more about mission organizations in the United States.
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