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Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘I continue to dream of a completely missionary Church’

Jan 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

He made the remark in his message for World Mission Day 2022. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks at a Vatican press conference presenting the 2021 World Mission Day, Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle: Digital evangelization cannot replace personal encounter

Oct 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He was speaking at a press conference presenting World Mission Day 2021. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis calls for ‘mission of compassion’ spurred by pandemic

Jan 29, 2021

Pope Francis urged Catholics on Friday to engage in a “mission of compassion” to a world ravaged by the coronavirus... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

World Mission Sunday: Catholics urged to support evangelization as pandemic spreads

Oct 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican officials invited Catholics to participate in the 2020 World Mission Sunday with increased prayers and financial support, as local... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican confirms World Mission Sunday will take place amid pandemic

Aug 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican confirmed Friday that World Mission Sunday will take place as scheduled on Oct. 18, underlining the importance of... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica May 31, 2020.

Pope Francis says 'listen to the call to mission'

May 31, 2020

“Let us ask ourselves: are we prepared to welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to listen... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for World Missionary Day Oct. 20, 2019.

On World Mission Day, pope urges Catholics to share Christ's love with all

Oct 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Jesus Christ desires that all people know him and his love, and every Catholic has the mission of sharing this... Read more

Pope Francis with street children in the Philippines Jan. 16, 2015.

World Mission Sunday to highlight that youth can evangelize too

Oct 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Church prepares to celebrate World Mission Day on Sunday, the head of the Vatican’s evangelization congregation said the... Read more

Pope Francis before the leading the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square April 30, 2017.

Humanity urgently needs the Gospel, Pope says for World Mission Day 2017

Jun 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his message for World Mission Day, Pope Francis said that the Church needs to spread the Gospel, caring for... Read more

Pope Francis meets with street children during his Philippines visit on Jan. 16, 2015.

For Pope Francis, missionary work is 'love without limits'

May 15, 2016

On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the Wednesday General Audience on May 8, 2013. Stephen Driscoll/CNA.

World needs courageous Christian missionaries, Pope says

Aug 6, 2013

Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying... Read more