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Pope calls for month of prayer to renew passion for missionary outreach

Pope Francis called for an “extraordinary month of prayer and reflection” to reinvigorate and renew the missionary spirit and action of the Catholic Church.

Welcoming a proposal from the pontifical mission societies and the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, the pope said the special concentration on mission during the month of October 2019 would help “renew the love and passion” of proclaiming the Gospel to everyone.

The announcement came in the text of a speech the pope wrote, but did not read, on 3rd June when he met Cardinal Fernando Filoni, congregation prefect, and people taking part in the pontifical mission societies’ annual meeting in Rome.

Coordinated under the jurisdiction of the congregation, the four agencies – the Holy Childhood Association, Missionary Union of Priests and Religious, Society for the Propagation of the Faith and the Society of St Peter the Apostle – promote missionary awareness and raise funds for the work of the Church in mission territories around the globe.