Vatican City, Oct 16, 2020 / 09:02 am
Vatican officials invited Catholics to participate in the 2020 World Mission Sunday with increased prayers and financial support, as local Churches around the world continue to face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
World Mission Sunday will take place this year on Sunday, Oct. 18. The day is marked by a collection for the Pontifical Mission Societies, a group of Catholic missionary societies under the jurisdiction of the pope.
Fr. Tadeusz J. Nowak, O.M.I., secretary general of the Pontifical Mission Societies, said: “In this time of pandemic, when some churches will be closed on this Mission Sunday, some will be very limited, some will only join the celebration of the Eucharist on media platforms, we are more than ever conscious of our dependence on the providence of God.”
Speaking at a Vatican press conference Oct. 16, Nowak said “and so this coming Sunday, we are all called, wherever we are, in whatever state we are, to pray fervently for the mission of the Church, that the Gospel will reach the hearts of all people.”
“And we are all called to do what we can, to offer what we can, our material goods for the support of this mission and especially for the support of the young churches so much in need of our material support.”
Bishop Protase Rugambwa, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, recalled the theme of Pope Francis’ message for the 2020 Mission Sunday: “Here I am, send me.”
“The heart of this message refers to how the mission challenges each of us, personally, in our vocation and in our belonging to the Church in today’s world,” he said.
“The celebration of this day is a source of joy for the universal Church,” Rugambwa noted, “even if in the local Churches it will be celebrated in a different way this year, due to the particular circumstances we are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”