Inspired by Pope Francis, Catholic Mission has launched a global awareness campaign for World Mission Month in October, highlighting missionaries as “people with a thousand faces”.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis highlighted his passion for the Pontifical Mission Societies, known in Australia as Catholic Mission, saying the mission is at the heart and identity of the Church. He said the worldwide network reflects the rich variety of the “people with a thousand faces”.
“Catholic Mission is part of that global network. We are with all the communities, in every corner of the world,” said Catholic Mission national director Fr Brian Lucas.
“World Mission Month is a time when Catholics all over the world join to support and celebrate global missionary work.”
World Mission Month this year focuses on the essential work of priests, religious and lay missionaries in Cambodia, supporting people with disability and their families.
Bishop Enrique “Kike” Figaredo Alvargonzalez and his team in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang work to advocate for people with disability, providing support such as healthcare, food, financial assistance and education.
Bishop Kike also features in an inspirational video produced by Catholic Mission, that connects mission partners. More than 30 missionaries in over 25 different countries speak of hope in a variety of languages. The video has a simple message – we are still here.
“Missionaries around the world remain dedicated to serving their communities,” Fr Lucas said.
“They are the people with a thousand faces, comforting the lives of some the most vulnerable communities, like Bishop Kike, they are saying we are still here, doing our best to keep vital life-changing projects running.”
View the Global Mission video at this link: www.catholicmission.org.au/wearestillhere
Catholic Mission’s international campaign with “a thousand faces” (Catholic Mission)