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World Mission Sunday in the Jubilee of Mercy

Each October the Church celebrates “World Mission Sunday” and this month, Pope Francis has asked us to pray, “that World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.”

This year Pope Francis has cast World Mission Sunday in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as he points out in his message.

“The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016: it invites us to consider the missio ad gentes as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to ‘go out’ as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She ‘is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel’ and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old.”

Let us pray for World Mission Sunday and do what we can to be “missionary disciples” going out into the world proclaiming God’s mercy.

- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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