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Missionary work is a demand, not an option, for all Christians: Pope

May 17, 2013

Pope Francis met on May 17 with directors of the Pontifical Missionary Works (POM), and urged them to “keep evangelization, the paradigm of every act of the Church, alive.”

The Pope said that POM is distinguished by the fact that it is “at the Bishop of Rome’s direct disposal,” but went on to say that the mission to spread the faith involves every bishop and in fact every member of the Church. “And this holds for every Christian, for the whole Church. It isn't an optional mission but an essential one.”

The Pope encouraged POM to give “special attention to the young churches, which often operate in a climate of difficulty, discrimination, and persecution, so that they might be sustained and assisted in witnessing the Gospel in word and in deed.”


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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - May. 17, 2013 11:42 PM ET USA

    The Pope, just one day after calling us to imitate St. Paul's apostolic zeal in proclaiming Christ without compromise reminds us of the missionary nature of the Church to reach out to world with the message of God's love for every human being. All of us the Pope says are instruments of God's mercy, called to exercise the mission of the Church to make Christ known. Strengthened by God and guided by the Holy Spirit gives us the courage and the confidence to proclaim God's word.