CBCP president calls on faithful to be missionaries

Published October 24, 2021, 10:20 AM

by Christina Hermoso

As the Catholic Church observes World Mission Sunday today, October 24, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles called on the faithful “to be missionaries especially to the poor and the needy.”

“Our faith calls each of us to do mission – the mission to bring the Good News of the Lord’s mercy and compassion to everyone, especially to the poor and the needy,” Valles said over Radio Veritas.

This year’s observance of World Mission Sunday is more significant as it coincides with the anniversary of 500 Years of Christianity in the country, Valles said.

Valles cited the efforts of foreign missionaries who introduced Christianity to the country in 1521.

“The arrival of the Christian faith in our islands 500 years ago was a fruit of missionary zeal, a strong sense of mission,” the Church leader said.

The CBCP president called on the more than 80 million baptized Christians in the country to do their share in helping the Church spread the faith that is rooted in Christ.

The theme for the observance of the 500YOC is ‘Missio Ad Gentes’ from ‘gifted to give’ which aims to further spread the Word of God.

“Now, it is our turn to show that we too, after 500 years, are truly Gifted to Give. May the Lord and our Blessed Mother help us to celebrate most meaningfully World Mission Sunday,” said Valles.

Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, for his part, called on the faithful to pray for all missionaries especially those who work in far-flung areas and to help support their needs.