We begin Perspectives today, in Rome, where the Pope prayed the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. After the recitation of the Marian prayer, the Pope proclaimed October 2019 an “Extraordinary Missionary Month” to be marked and celebrated in the whole Church throughout the world.
"Today", said Pope Francis, "World Mission Day is celebrated, on the theme: Mission at the heart of the Christian faith". "I urge everyone", the Pope said, "to live the joy of mission by witnessing the Gospel in the environs where each one lives and works. At the same time, we are called upon to support with affection, concrete help, and prayer, the missionaries who have gone out to proclaim Christ to those who still do not know Him. I intend to promote an Extraordinary Missionary Month in October 2019, in order to nourish the ardor of the evangelizing activity of the Church. On the day of the liturgical memory of Saint John Paul II, missionary Pope, we entrust to his intercession the mission of the Church in the world.”
The Pope sent a very special video message to the Canadian youth who participated in a nationally televised forum on the theme: Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, in preparation for the 2018 Synond of Bishops in Rome. In his message, the Pope called on young Canadians to fill the world with the joy that comes from the Gospel by "building bridges" through relationships marked "by trust, by sharing, by openness even to the ends of the world."
Although the national youth forum aired last night on our network, you may still access the program on our website here.
That is all we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.