Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Francis sent a message to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), underway in Rome (see Fides, 24/05/2019). Below is the full text of the message.
"To dear Brother Mgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
On the occasion of the General Assembly of the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, I would like to address a cordial greeting, hoping that the work carried out these days may arouse a renewed commitment to the missionary action of the Church, called to proclaim the Gospel to every creature, awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes.
In this perspective, the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month, next October, represents a propitious time to involve all the baptized in taking on, with greater responsibility and creative courage, the challenge that today's mission puts us: to become the paradigm and the form of the ordinary life of the Church and of all its pastoral activity (see Evangelii gaudium, 15).
I renew my gratitude to all those who belong to the Pontifical Mission Societies: you are the worldwide network of prayer and missionary charity of the Successor of Peter. Continue your fervent activity, which realizes the indispensable universal duty of the Church to proclaim Jesus Christ to all and to bear witness to it, with apostolic zeal, to the ends of the earth.
May the Holy Spirit support you. For my part, I accompany you with affection and my Blessing.
From the Vatican, 29 May 2019. Francis"
(Agenzia Fides 31/5/2019)