September 7, 2011

Yes, brothers and sisters, we cannot remain silent about what we have seen and heard (cf. Acts 4,20). We have seen the work of the Spirit and the glory of God show themselves in weakness (cf. II Cor 12; I Cor 1). Still today numerous men and women with their dedication and their sacrifice are for us eloquent manifestations of God's love. From them we receive the faith and we, in turn, are urged on to be announcers and witnesses of the Mystery. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

September 6, 2011

The social and religious challenges facing humanity in our day call believers to renew their missionary fervor. Yes! It is necessary to re-launch mission “ad gentes” with courage, starting with the proclamation of Christ, Redeemer of every human person. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2004)

September 5, 2011

At no other time has the Church had so many possibilities of proclaiming Jesus, thanks to the development of the means of social communication. For this reason, the Church today is called to make the Face of her Bridegroom shine forth with her more radiant holiness. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2003)

September 4, 2011

The Risen Christ gives peace to his disciples. The Church, faithful to the Lord's command, continues to proclaim and spread his peace. Through evangelization believers help people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and, as pilgrims on this earth, although on different paths, we are all on our way to the common Homeland which God, through ways known only to him, does not cease to indicate to us. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2002)

September 3, 2011

With the great apostle and evangelizer St Paul, we wish to repeat:  “Yet preaching the Gospel is not the subject of a boast:  I am under the compulsion I have no choice. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel...it is a charge entrusted to me” (1 Cor 9,16.17). Only God's love, able to make brothers and sisters of people of all races and cultures, can heal the painful divisions, ideological conflict, economic unbalance and violence which still oppresses humanity. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2002)

September 2, 2011

The evangelizing mission of the Church is essentially the announcement of God's love, mercy and forgiveness revealed to mankind through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. It is the proclamation of the good news that God loves us and wants all people united in his loving mercy, he forgives us and asks us to forgive others even for the greatest offences. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2002)

September 1, 2011

Set out anew from Christ, you who have found mercy. Set out anew from Christ, you who have forgiven and been forgiven. Set out anew from Christ, you who have known pain and suffering. Set out anew from Christ, you who are tempted by tepidity: the year of grace is endless. Set out anew from Christ, Church of the new millennium. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 31, 2011

Missionary commitment is born of ardent contemplation of Jesus. A Christian who has contemplated Jesus Christ cannot fail to be captivated by his radiance and to commit himself to bearing witness to his faith in Christ, the only Savior of mankind. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 30, 2011

This is an invitation to all, it is an urgent call that deserves an immediate and generous answer. We must set out! We must set out without delay, like Mary, the Mother of Jesus; like the shepherds, stirred by the first announcement of the Angel; like Mary Magdalene at the sight of the Risen Lord. “At the beginning of this new century, our steps must quicken as we travel the highways of the world...The Risen Christ asks us to meet him as it were once more in the Upper Room where, on the evening of “the first day of the week’ (Jn 20,19) he appeared to his disciples in order to “breathe’ on them his life-giving Spirit and launch them on the great adventure of proclaiming the Gospel” (NMI 58). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 29, 2011

Mission is “the joyful proclamation of a gift meant for all, and to be offered to all with the greatest respect for the freedom of each one: the gift of the revelation of the God who is Love, the God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son’ (Jn 3,16)...The Church therefore cannot forgo her missionary activity among the peoples of the world. It is the primary task of the missio ad gentes to announce that it is in Christ, “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life’ (Jn 14,6), that people find salvation” (NMI 56). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 28, 2011

The call to mission acquires a singular urgency, particularly if we look at that part of humanity which still does not know Christ or recognize him. Yes, brothers and sisters, mission ad gentes is today more than ever valid. I hold impressed on my heart the face of humanity that I have been able to contemplate during my pilgrimages: this is the face of Christ reflected in that of the poor and the suffering; the face of Christ mirrored in those who live like “sheep without a shepherd” (Mk 6,34). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 27, 2011

The Lord does us the honor of placing his confidence in us and calling us to the ministry, showing us his mercy (cf. I Tm 1,12.13). This call is not reserved for a few; it is for everyone, each in his own state of life. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 26, 2011

Contemplation of Jesus “the first and greatest evangelizer” (EN 7) transforms us into evangelizers. It makes us aware of his desire to give eternal life to those entrusted to him by the Father (cf. Jn 17,2). God wants “all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Tm 2,4) and Jesus knew that the Father's will for him was that he should announce the Kingdom of God to other towns: “for I was sent for this purpose” (Lk 4,43). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2001)

August 25, 2011

The entire mission of the Church, and in particular the mission “ad gentes” needs apostles willing to persevere to the end, faithful to the mission received, following the same path traveled by Christ, “the path of poverty, obedience, service and self-sacrifice, even to death...”(Ad gentes, 5). May the witnesses of the faith whom we commemorated, serve as models and encouragement for all Christians so that the proclamation of Christ is seen as a duty proper to every Christian. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2000)

August 24, 2011

Faith is strengthened when it is given to others (RM 2); the value of the universality of missionary commitment, since everyone, without exception, is called to cooperate generously in the Church’s missionary activity; prayer, offering up of sufferings and witness of life as primary elements, within reach of all the sons and daughters of God. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1998)

August 23, 2011

Each one is called to cooperate according to their particular life situation. In this season, a season of grace and mercy, I am particularly aware that all the Church's forces must be committed to the new evangelization and the mission “ad gentes”. No believer, no institution in the Church can avoid this supreme duty to proclaim Christ to all peoples (cf. RM, 3). No one can feel that they are dispensed from offering their collaboration with the mission of Christ which continues in the Church. Indeed, more than ever timely is the command of Jesus:  “You go to the vineyard too” (Mt 20: 7). (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 2000)

August 22, 2011

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). With these words Jesus explains the meaning and purpose of his mission to the world. During the 2,000 years of her history, the Church has always borne this message, irradiating throughout the world the culture of life. Still today, guided by Christ and sustained by the Spirit, she continues to announce the Gospel of life. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1993)