Catholics around the world yesterday gathered, fundraised and prayed for global mission work on World Mission Sunday. Source: Catholic Mission.
Catholic Mission, as the Australian arm of the Pontifical Mission Societies, contributes to this work throughout the world.
“We reach out to people in our world, giving expression to the Church’s desire to be of service to those who are vulnerable,” Catholic Mission national director Fr Brian Lucas said.
“These COVID-times are challenging for everyone, but want we want to assure people that the missionaries of the Church are still present, still available in service of the people.”
World Mission Month this month has focused on the essential work of priests, religious and lay missionaries in Cambodia, supporting people with disability and their families.
Catholic Mission produced an inspirational video with more than 30 missionaries based in over 25 countries speaking of hope in a variety of languages. The #WeAreStillHere video has been shared around the world and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
“This initiative for World Mission Sunday, to demonstrate the continuing presence of missionaries in remote places, has become a major example of international cooperation”, Fr Brian said.
These sentiments were echoed by Pope Francis in his message for World Mission Day 2020 as he encouraged Catholics to give generously and support mission work.
“The celebration of World Mission Day is also an occasion for reaffirming how prayer, reflection and the material help of your offerings are so many opportunities to participate actively in the mission of Jesus in his Church,” Pope Francis said.
From A to Zulu Global reach for local World Mission Month production (Catholic Mission)