Public invited to join online launching of Year of Mission today

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Mission is inviting the public to join the online launching of the Year of Missio Ad Gentes (Mission to the Nations) at 3 p.m. today, November 28.

Puerto Princesa Palawan Bishop Socrates Mesiona, chairman of the commission, said the observance is the ninth of the nine-year preparation that was started in 2013 by the Catholic Church for the commemoration of the 500 years of Christianity in the country next year.

Bishop Socrates Mesiona of Puerto Princesa (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We are inviting the public to join the online launching of the Year of Missio Ad Gentes. The Church encourages everyone to perform their duties as missionaries following Jesus’ teachings,” Mesiona said over Radio Veritas.

“Because of the pandemic, the launching will be held online at 3 p.m. through the Facebook page of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Mission, Radio Veritas PH, CBCP, and other social media pages of the church.” Mesiona added.

The CBCP earlier launched a catechism on being a missionary last October. The World Mission Sunday was also observed last month. “I encourage the faithful to follow the online catechism every second Sunday of the month to learn more about how to become a missionary,” Mesiona said.

Meanwhile, Bishop Mesiona announced that the Archdiocese of Jaro has set up a mission parish in Kenya recently.

The initiative, he said, is an example of living out the real meaning of Missio Ad Gentes or Mission to the Nations.

The prelate also paid tribute to the more than 10 million Overseas Filipino Workers who have been serving in different countries as missionaries actively helping spread the Word of God.