“Today, every land is a ‘mission land,’ every dimension of human life is mission territory awaiting the proclamation of the Gospel,” the pope said during a meeting with delegates to the general congregation of the Oblates on 7th October.
The delegates were led by Fr Louis Lougen, a native of Buffalo, New York, whom they had re-elected superior general on 1st October. After 17 years in Brazil, Fr Lougen returned to the United States as a priest and novice master, and he was named provincial in 2005. He was elected superior general of the order in 2010 for his first six-year term.
Pope Francis told the Oblates that the number of those needing to hear the good news of God’s love, mercy and offer of salvation is expanding, embracing the “new poor, men and women with Christ’s face who ask for help, consolation and hope in the most desperate life situations.”
Noting the coincidence of the Year of Mercy and the Oblates’ celebration of the 200th anniversary of their founding by St Eugene de Mazenod, the pope told the missionaries, “May mercy always be the heart of your mission, of your evangelizing commitment in the world today.”