MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2013

Aug 7, 2013 |

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2013

 

 

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‘The strength of our faith … can be measured by the ability to communicate it …, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it …’

Extract of the message of Pope Francis for the 87th World Mission Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, October 20th, 2013 – just after the conclusion of the Year of the Faith –

‘’……..We also live in a time of crisis that touches various sectors of existence, not only the economy, finance, food security, or the environment, but also those involving the deeper meaning of life and the fundamental values that animate it. Even human coexistence is marked by tensions and conflicts that cause insecurity and difficulty in finding the right path to a stable peace. In this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in very situation, the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a proclamation of God’s closeness, his mercy, his salvation, and a proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness. The men and women of our time need the secure light that illuminates their path and that only the encounter with Christ can give. Let us bring to the world, through our witness, with love, the hope given by faith! The Church’s missionary spirit is not about proselytizing, but the testimony of a life that illuminates the path, which brings hope and love. The Church – I repeat once again – is not a relief organization, an enterprise or an NGO, but a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who have lived and are living the wonder of the encounter with Jesus Christ and want to share this experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that the Lord gave us. It is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church in this path……’’

From the Vatican, 19 May 2013, Solemnity of Pentecost

Symbolically was chosen the date of Pentecost

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/messages/missions/documents/papa-francesco_20130519_giornata-missionaria2013_en.html

 

 

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