Emphasizing Missionary Communion and Proselytism

During the Annual General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), Pope Francis highlighted the importance of missionary communion and warned against proselytism. He emphasized the need for a spirituality of communion with God and fellow believers, stating that the Christian mission is about enabling others to experience God’s love rather than imposing religious convictions. The Pope urged the Missionary Societies to embrace a synodal style of walking together, listening, and engaging in dialogue to foster communal missionary spirituality.

Encouraging Creativity in Missionary Endeavors

Pope Francis urged the PMS to be creative in their missionary activities, emphasizing that creativity in evangelization stems from divine love. He stressed the importance of inspiring new ways of serving others, especially the marginalized, through Christ’s charity. The Pope encouraged the Missionary Societies to maintain missionary creative freedom and to support individuals, groups, and institutions in their efforts to contribute to the Church’s mission.

Advocating Tenacity and Perseverance in the Face of Challenges

Addressing the issue of tenacity, Pope Francis called on the PMS to exhibit steadfastness and perseverance in their mission despite difficulties and hardships. He cited the examples of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their faith, urging the Missionary Societies to follow their courageous example. The Pope emphasized the importance of patience with those who have fallen by the wayside and encouraged a spirit of compassion and waiting. Pope Francis expressed gratitude to the PMS for their dedication to promoting the missionary responsibility of the faithful, particularly in supporting the children of the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood.