AFRICA/MALAWI - Pilgrims in the Holy Land in view of the Extraordinary Missionary Month

Tuesday, 25 June 2019


Lilongwe (Agenzia Fides) - "To reflect on mission work for the propagation of evangelization and strengthening of Christian values" and "go to the Holy Land to draw on the sources of faith and draw strength for the mission of the baptized": this was the meaning and spirit of the recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land in recent days carried out by 41 faithful from the eight dioceses of Malawi, as Fr. Vincent Mwakhwawa, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in the country told Agenzia Fides.
On the occasion of the next Extraordinary Missionary Month which will be celebrated in October 2019, Fr. Mwakhwawa recalled the invitation that Pope Francis addressed to all the baptized to "renew missionary commitment and use their baptismal gifts to spread the gospel".
"Dedicate some time praying for mission work in the church", the Director of the PMS told the faithful. "Pope Francis during the PMS General Assembly held in Rome last month, invited all of us directors to encourage pilgrims and prayer groups to pray for the renewal of the missionary spirit in every baptized member of the Church", he recalled. Father Joseph Kimu, at the head of the pilgrimage, urged pilgrims to focus on the spiritual purpose of the journey as "a sign of their love for God, so that they themselves become witnesses of Jesus Christ".
"Investing in one's spiritual life is more important than investing in material or earthly things. I thank each of you for the sacrifice you have made in saving money for this year's pilgrimage", said Fr. Kimu. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 25/6/2019)