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Pope Francis joins the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in calling for a global ceasefire as the world faces the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Angelus: Pope appeals for global ceasefire amid Covid pandemic
Pope Francis joins the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres in calling for a global ceasefire as the world faces the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic.

[03/24/20]   Pope Francis has called for all Christians throughout the world to join in praying the Our Father on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at noon.

He made the appeal after praying the noonday Angelus on March 22, broadcast from Apostolic Library in the Vatican.

The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, March 27, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church, reported Vatican News.

“I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.
The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing, with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live through the various forms of communication. The blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

“In these days of trial, while humanity trembles because of the pandemic’s menace, I would like to propose to all Christians to unite their voices to Heaven,” the Pope said after Sunday’s Angelus. “I invite all the Heads of Churches and the leaders of all the Christian Communities, together with all the Christians of the various Confessions, to invoke the Most High, Almighty God, reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Jesus Our Lord taught us. I invite all, therefore, to do so several times a day, but, all together, to recite the Our Father next Wednesday, March 25, at midday – all together.

“On the day in which many Christians recall the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary of the Incarnation of the Word, may the Lord be able to hear the unanimous prayer of all His disciples that are preparing to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ. With this same intention, next Friday, March 27 at 6:00 pm, I will preside over a moment of prayer in the courtyard of St. Peter’s Basilica, with the empty Square. From now on I invite all to take part spiritually through the means of communication. We will listen to the Word of God, we will elevate our prayer, we will adore the Most Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end I will give the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, to which will be annexed the possibility to receive a Plenary Indulgence.

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National Director of Lay Apostolate, Fr. Fredrick Tusingire called on the Diocesan Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies) to collaborate and work together towards ensuring that children are safeguarded from all kinds of abuses in all aspects as well as those who work with children from false accusations of child abuse.

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We appreciate the Administration of St. Paul's Major Seminary Kinyamasika, for the good reception to Fr Vincent Lockhart , National Director, PMS Scotland . As PMS Office , we greatly appreciate your love for Africa and in particular for Uganda. Let us remain United in the work of the Missions.

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "At the end of the liturgical celebration presided over by Pope Francis, on the occasion of World Mission Sunday, October 20, the Holy Father, referring to the Extraordinary Missionary Month that was in progress, told me: 'Thank you for all the work you have done'. And it was a thank you obviously addressed to all, which embraces all the national directions of the Pontifical Mission Societies".

This is what Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said in his opening address to the restricted Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies, currently underway at the International Center for Missionary Animation (CIAM).
The Extraordinary Missionary Month, announced by Pope Francis for October 2019, was celebrated worldwide in Catholic communities, dioceses, parishes, associations, ecclesial groups. The central theme was "Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world". The objective of the Extraordinary Missionary Month was to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter "Maximum Illud", but also - remarked Cardinal Filoni - "to rekindle the ardor for mission".
The celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month was deliberately entrusted to the local Churches, in the five continents, that promoted prayers, liturgies, testimonies, in a widespread manner. To give an account of the missionary ferment throughout the world, Fides published a Dossier (see Fides, 4/11/2019) which contains the most significant news on the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month. (Agenzia Fides, 5/11/2019)

Dar es Salaam (Agenzia Fides) - With the hope that the missionary seeds planted during the Extraordinary Missionary Month continue to germinate and bear fruits in missionary apostolate, Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), during the concluding celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month in Tanzania (see Fides, 31/10/2019), stressed that "Africa is a big hope for the universal Church".
During the solemn Eucharistic celebration held on Sunday 10 November at the Msimbazi Center in Dar es Salaam, with the participation of Bishops, religious and laity, as well as civil authorities, the Archbishop highlighted the growth of the African Church in quantity and quality, and above all its missionary growth, since it sends missionaries to the different countries not only in Africa but also all over the world. Mgr. Dal Toso called to look to the future, the year 2022, when the 4th centenary of the foundation of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the bicentenary of the creation of the Missionary Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and the centenary of the Societies’ elevation to the “Pontifical” status will be celebrated". The President of the PMS thanked for what the Catholic Church of Tanzania has been doing and is still doing to promote the Pontifical Mission Societies and the entire work of spreading the Gospel, inviting them to continue to cultivate the missionary spirit, especially among the young generation".
Quoting St. John Paul II and Pope Francis on the urgency of revitalizing and intensifying missionary work, still far from being completed, making every baptized person aware of his missionary responsibility, Archbishop Dal Toso recalled that "to raise missionary awareness is the great vocation of our Pontifical Mission Societies". Created in Europe, in order to promote evangelization in mission territories, including Tanzania, the PMS have supported the creation and growth of the young Churches. "Our task now - reiterated Mgr. Dal Toso - is to continue with the Mission of these Societies, because still now we need to spread in the Church a missionary spirit", and he urged to work even more to make them known, to promote them and to internalize them in the pastoral plans of the dioceses and even in the life of the Small Christian Communities.
In the concluding part of his speech, the Archbishop focused on the theme of the family, "without which it would be impossible to build a healthy society", and urged "to evangelize the family, so that families may in turn become evangelizer". In this regard he cited the experience of missionary families, initiated by the PMS of Paraguay 10 years ago, when some families began to visit other families bringing them the good news of the Gospel. Today there are more than 5000 missionary families that have now started their mission also in other Latin American countries. From this example, the President of the PMS proposed that in Catholic families the Gospel of the day be read together every day, as a form of prayer in common, since "gathering together in the name of Christ allows us to come to know him more intimately and to create relationships of true communion between us". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 11/11/2019)

Today the centenary of the Martydom of Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa was closed and the extra ordinary Mission Month of October, 2019 well celebrated at Paimol Martyrs Shrine, by Rt. Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki and many youth from Arua diocese made impact through the band that took part in liturgical celebration of Holy Mass fully. Thanks to thousands of pilgrims who made it to the land of the martyrs Jildo Irwa and Daudi Okello. Diocesan Youth Chaplain Arua diocese

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Kotido Diocese celebrates the Extra Ordinary Missionary Month. Adults who had never received the sacrament of Baptism got an opportunity in this special month. Bravo Kotido!

On 13th October 2019, fulfilling their motto "Children Helping Children "over 2000 children from Tororo Archdiocese gathered at St John Bosco Shikuyu Primary School, Bududa to celebrate Missionary Holy Childhood Day. following the theme " Baptised and sent, children wanted to be in Solidarity with the children of Bududa who lost all their property in the land slides.

[10/15/19]   Rev. Sr. Dr. Speranza Namusisi new superior General for the Srs of Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix Ggogonya replacing Sr Ann Kizza. Sr Speranza has been the dean of studies at the Institute of Languages and Communication studies at Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi.

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Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For the month of October 2019, I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and commitment as we commemorate the centenary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919). Its farsighted and prophetic vision of the apostolate has made me realize once again the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulse to her work of preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again.

The title of the present Message is the same as that of October’s Missionary Month: Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. Celebrating this month will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism. Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practise proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission. We received this gift freely and we share it freely (cf. Mt 10:8), without excluding anyone. God wills that all people be saved by coming to know the truth and experiencing his mercy through the ministry of the Church, the universal sacrament of salvation (cf. 1 Tim 2:4; Lumen Gentium, 48).

The Church is on mission in the world. Faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the world with God’s own eyes and heart. Hope opens us up to the eternal horizons of the divine life that we share. Charity, of which we have a foretaste in the sacraments and in fraternal love, impels us to go forth to the ends of the earth (cf. Mic 5:4; Mt 28:19; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:18). A Church that presses forward to the farthest frontiers requires a constant and ongoing missionary conversion. How many saints, how many men and women of faith, witness to the fact that this unlimited openness, this going forth in mercy, is indeed possible and realistic, for it is driven by love and its deepest meaning as gift, sacrifice and gratuitousness (cf. 2 Cor 5:14-21)! The man who preaches God must be a man of God (cf. Maximum Illud).

This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn; they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love. Even if parents can betray their love by lies, hatred and infidelity, God never takes back his gift of life. From eternity he has destined each of his children to share in his divine and eternal life (cf. Eph 1:3-6).

This life is bestowed on us in baptism, which grants us the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, the conqueror of sin and death. Baptism gives us rebirth in God’s own image and likeness, and makes us members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. In this sense, baptism is truly necessary for salvation for it ensures that we are always and everywhere sons and daughters in the house of the Father, and never orphans, strangers or slaves. What in the Christian is a sacramental reality – whose fulfillment is found in the Eucharist – remains the vocation and destiny of every man and woman in search of conversion and salvation. For baptism fulfils the promise of the gift of God that makes everyone a son or daughter in the Son. We are children of our natural parents, but in baptism we receive the origin of all fatherhood and true motherhood: no one can have God for a Father who does not have the Church for a mother (cf. Saint Cyprian, De Cath. Eccl., 6).

Our mission, then, is rooted in the fatherhood of God and the motherhood of the Church. The mandate given by the Risen Jesus at Easter is inherent in Baptism: as the Father has sent me, so I send you, filled with the Holy Spirit, for the reconciliation of the world (cf. Jn 20:19-23; Mt 28:16-20). This mission is part of our identity as Christians; it makes us responsible for enabling all men and women to realize their vocation to be adoptive children of the Father, to recognize their personal dignity and to appreciate the intrinsic worth of every human life, from conception until natural death. Today’s rampant secularism, when it becomes an aggressive cultural rejection of God’s active fatherhood in our history, is an obstacle to authentic human fraternity, which finds expression in reciprocal respect for the life of each person. Without the God of Jesus Christ, every difference is reduced to a baneful threat, making impossible any real fraternal acceptance and fruitful unity within the human race.

The universality of the salvation offered by God in Jesus Christ led Benedict XV to call for an end to all forms of nationalism and ethnocentrism, or the merging of the preaching of the Gospel with the economic and military interests of the colonial powers. In his Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, the Pope noted that the Church’s universal mission requires setting aside exclusivist ideas of membership in one’s own country and ethnic group. The opening of the culture and the community to the salvific newness of Jesus Christ requires leaving behind every kind of undue ethnic and ecclesial introversion. Today too, the Church needs men and women who, by virtue of their baptism, respond generously to the call to leave behind home, family, country, language and local Church, and to be sent forth to the nations, to a world not yet transformed by the sacraments of Jesus Christ and his holy Church. By proclaiming God’s word, bearing witness to the Gospel and celebrating the life of the Spirit, they summon to conversion, baptize and offer Christian salvation, with respect for the freedom of each person and in dialogue with the cultures and religions of the peoples to whom they are sent. The missio ad gentes, which is always necessary for the Church, thus contributes in a fundamental way to the process of ongoing conversion in all Christians. Faith in the Easter event of Jesus; the ecclesial mission received in baptism; the geographic and cultural detachment from oneself and one’s own home; the need for salvation from sin and liberation from personal and social evil: all these demand the mission that reaches to the very ends of the earth.

The providential coincidence of this centenary year with the celebration of the Special Synod on the Churches in the Amazon allows me to emphaze how the mission entrusted to us by Jesus with the gift of his Spirit is also timely and necessary for those lands and their peoples. A renewed Pentecost opens wide the doors of the Church, in order that no culture remain closed in on itself and no people cut off from the universal communion of the faith. No one ought to remain closed in self-absorption, in the self-referentiality of his or her own ethnic and religious affiliation. The Easter event of Jesus breaks through the narrow limits of worlds, religions and cultures, calling them to grow in respect for the dignity of men and women, and towards a deeper conversion to the truth of the Risen Lord who gives authentic life to all.

Here I am reminded of the words of Pope Benedict XVI at the beginning of the meeting of Latin American Bishops at Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007. I would like to repeat these words and make them my own: “Yet what did the acceptance of the Christian faith mean for the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean? For them, it meant knowing and welcoming Christ, the unknown God whom their ancestors were seeking, without realizing it, in their rich religious traditions. Christ is the Saviour for whom they were silently longing. It also meant that they received, in the waters of Baptism, the divine life that made them children of God by adoption; moreover, they received the Holy Spirit who came to make their cultures fruitful, purifying them and developing the numerous seeds that the incarnate Word had planted in them, thereby guiding them along the paths of the Gospel… The Word of God, in becoming flesh in Jesus Christ, also became history and culture. The utopia of going back to breathe life into the pre-Columbian religions, separating them from Christ and from the universal Church, would not be a step forward: indeed, it would be a step back. In reality, it would be a retreat towards a stage in history anchored in the past” (Address at the Inaugural Session, 13 May 2007: Insegnamenti III, 1 [2007], 855-856).

We entrust the Church’s mission to Mary our Mother. In union with her Son, from the moment of the Incarnation the Blessed Virgin set out on her pilgrim way. She was fully involved in the mission of Jesus, a mission that became her own at the foot of the Cross: the mission of cooperating, as Mother of the Church, in bringing new sons and daughters of God to birth in the Spirit and in faith.

I would like to conclude with a brief word about the Pontifical Mission Societies, already proposed in Maximum Illud as a missionary resource. The Pontifical Mission Societies serve the Church’s universality as a global network of support for the Pope in his missionary commitment by prayer, the soul of mission, and charitable offerings from Christians throughout the world. Their donations assist the Pope in the evangelization efforts of particular Churches (the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith), in the formation of local clergy (the Pontifical Society of Saint Peter the Apostle), in raising missionary awareness in children (Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood) and in encouraging the missionary dimension of Christian faith (Pontifical Missionary Union). In renewing my support for these Societies, I trust that the extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 will contribute to the renewal of their missionary service to my ministry.

To men and women missionaries, and to all those who, by virtue of their baptism, share in any way in the mission of the Church, I send my heartfelt blessing.

From the Vatican, 9 June 2019, Solemnity of Pentecost


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