Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pope Benedict remembers persecuted missionaries on World Mission Sunday

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2009 / 10:19 am (CNA).- Tens of thousands of faithful attended the Angelus with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square on World Mission Sunday. Pope Benedict’s words to them recalled missionaries who suffer persecution, including Father Ruggero Ruvoletto, killed in Brazil, and Father Michael Sinnot, kidnapped in the Philippines.

His message, Benedict XVI explained, was inspired by an expression from the Books of Revelation: “The nations will walk by its light.” The light is that of God, revealed by the Messiah and reflected on the Church, the Holy Father added.

“It is 'the light of the Gospel,’ that guides people towards the realization of one great family, in justice and peace, under the fatherhood of one good and merciful God,” Pope Benedict said. “The Church exists to proclaim this message of hope to all humanity, which in our time ‘has experienced marvelous achievements but which seems to have lost its sense of ultimate realities and of existence itself.’"

See also:

From Asia News, "Pope: World Mission Day to proclaim the Gospel to those who do not know"

From New Kerala, "Pope recalls 'persecution' of missionaries"

From, "Pope Pays Tribute to Persecuted Priests"

From, "Pope recalls 'persecution' of missionaries"

And from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

The Church, Missionary by Vocation
September 18, 2009


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