Pope calls for prayers for Ukraine, recalls World Mission Day

Speaking after the Angelus, Pope Francis reminds us that today is World Mission Day and encourages us to support missionaries with prayer and concrete solidarity. He also invites us to pray for peace in Ukraine and the world, noting that he will participate in an interfaith prayer for peace on Tuesday at the Colosseum in Rome.

By Vatican News staff editor

In his words after reciting the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis said that on Tuesday, October 25, he will go to Rome’s Colosseum to pray for peace in Ukraine and the world, together with representatives of the Churches and Christian Communities and world religions. . The moment of prayer will take place in conjunction with the “Peace Cry” meeting that is taking place these days.

“I invite you to join spiritually in this great invocation to God: prayer is the strength of peace. Let us pray, let us continue to pray for martyred Ukraine.”

“Ye shall be my witnesses”

Sunday, October 23, marks World Mission Day with this year’s theme “You will be my witnesses,” the Pope said. And this day marks “an important occasion to reawaken in all the baptized the desire to participate in the universal mission of the Church, through witness and the proclamation of the Gospel.”

“I encourage everyone to support the missionaries with prayer and concrete solidarity, so that they can continue their work of evangelization and human promotion throughout the world.”

In his message for World Mission Day 2022says the Pope, “I continue to dream of a fully missionary Church and a new era of missionary activity among Christian communities.”

Be courageous witnesses for Christ

Finally, the Pope also recalled that yesterday, Vicente Nicasio Renuncio Toribio and eleven companions of the Congregation of the Most Holy Savior (Redeemer), killed in hatred of the faith in Spain in 1936, were beatified in Madrid.

“The example of these witnesses of Christ, who actually shed their blood, exhorts us to be consistent and courageous; their intercession to support those who strive today to sow the Gospel in the world”.

He invited everyone in the Square to applaud for the new Happy Ones.

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