The regional superior of the Columban Missionaries in the Philippines, Fr Patrick O�Donoghue offers this reflection on this Mission Sunday.
Thousands of faithful gathered in St Peters Square to hear Pope Benedict recite the Angelus on this World Mission Sunday.
The Church, recalled the Pope is missionary by vocation and is called to continue the work of Jesus by proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to all peoples.
All Christians, he added are called to cooperate in this project, according to the different states of life and particular charisms.
Then the Pope said:
On this World Mission Sunday I remember the missionaries – priests, religious and lay volunteers – who devote their lives to bringing the Gospel into the world, also facing hardships and difficulties and sometimes even real persecution.