Vienna (Agenzia Fides) - As a "special network" in the Catholic Church, characterized on the one hand by the "closeness to the Pope" as one of his aid organizations and on the other hand by the connection to the local Churches, which it accompanies on their missionary path: are the words expressed by Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies during the visit to Missio Austria, the direction of the Austrian Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS).
The visit, which lasted two days in the heart of Vienna, is the first to be carried out with three of the four General Secretaries of the PMS, Father Tadeusz Nowak of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Father Guy Bognon of the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle and Sister Roberta Tremarelli of the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood, who deepened the cooperation with Missio Austria and discussed programs and activities.
The President of the Pontifical Mission Societies expressed his gratitude for the work of Missio Austria: "My visit is intended to express appreciation for the many initiatives that are organized in the National Direction of Missio Austria".
The Pontifical Mission Societies are a "unique worldwide family" for Archbishop Dal Toso. The liveliness of the Church in many parts of the world arouses courage: "The number of Catholics in Africa and Asia is increasing. This is a fact. Therefore, the dynamic and this spirit from the countries of the Global South can encourage us here in Europe and give us new gratitude for the faith". The initiatives of Missio Austria are a "key for the future of the church", said the President of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The PMS President underlines: "The education of priests is a crucial point, because we notice how essential and important the priests are for the people in the countries of the Global South". (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 26/9/2022)