On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, all Catholics of the world join into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Together with our brothers and sisters in the missions we offer our prayers and sacrifices so that others may come to know Jesus — and to experience His mercy as we express our merciful concern for those in greatest need.
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Father Aloysius Irawan, a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family, has seen firsthand the importance of the Church's work with seminarians, couples and families in his native Indonesia.
Now in St. Louis, he recently discussed his work in advance of World Mission Sunday, which will be celebrated Oct. 23. The Society of St. Peter the Apostle, a program of the Pontifical Mission Societies, supports St. Peter Ritapiret Major Seminary in the Maumere Diocese in Indonesia. Other support from the collection on World Mission Sunday goes to various dioceses in Indonesia.
VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis canonizes Blessed Teresa of Kolkata Sept. 4, he won't simply be fulfilling a special duty of his office, he will be honoring a woman he has called "a symbol, an icon for our age."
When talking about the intersection of prayer, mercy, concrete acts of charity and peacemaking, Mother Teresa was Pope Francis' go-to reference.
In one of his early morning homilies in November, Pope Francis spoke about war and about how, by the way they live their lives, many people promote hatred rather than peace and selling weapons rather than sowing love.
By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lisa Johnston | email@example.com
The St. Louis missionaries to the poorest country in South America bring the Catholic faith to people there, showing them God's mercy and love. Their parish work is seen daily - often from sunrise to much beyond sunset. But it also reflects in the people of the parish, from children to older adults, who are empowered and inspired to serve others or to take up the cross of Christ.
Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
A gun pointed at his head by soldiers. Three years spent in a refugee camp, living in a grass-roof hut and serving 100,000 people in 54 impromptu chapels. Facing down a snake in a grass hut. Covering a parish of 50,000 Catholics and 60 chapels and 27 primary schools.
Father David Baltz has faced many challenges, but he doesn't consider transportation one of them. His bike is reliable.