The “basic dynamism” of the Church, the Pope says, is its missionary outreach, an effort that should and must flow naturally from a desire to share the love of God and the gift of faith. Source: Crux.
The Pope said he gave a “special role” to the new Dicastery for Evangelisation in his reform of the Roman Curia because of this outreach: “fostering the missionary conversion of the Church, which is not proselytism, but witness: going out from self to proclaim with one’s life the gratuitous and saving love of God for us, who are all called to be brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis made his comments in a letter sent yesterday to the general assembly of the pontifical missionary works, a meeting being held in Lyon, France, instead of at the Vatican to coincide with the beatification May 22 of Pauline Jaricot, who founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The society is known as Catholic Mission in Australia.
The pontifical missionary works, which had operated under the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and will operate under the new dicastery are: the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Society of St Peter the Apostle, Holy Childhood Association, and Missionary Union of Priests and Religious.
“Pauline Jaricot liked to say that the Church is missionary by nature and that, therefore, every baptised person has a mission; indeed, is a mission,” the Pope wrote.
As the general assembly meets, Pope Francis prayed that members would walk in the footsteps of “this great missionary woman, letting yourselves be inspired by her concrete faith, by her bold courage, by her generous creativity”.
Pope urges mission societies to have faith, courage, creativity (By Cindy Wooden, CNS via Crux)