“This Day invites us to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith. The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away. So it is important to ask ourselves certain questions about our Christian identity and our responsibility as believers in a world marked by confusion, disappointment and frustration, and torn by numerous fratricidal wars that unjustly target the innocent. What is the basis of our mission? What is the heart of our mission? What are the essential approaches we need to take in carrying out our mission?”
Pope Francis in Message for World Mission Day
In Britain World Mission Sunday is coordinated by Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission. The World Mission Sunday collection is one of just three personally requested by the Pope each year.
In 2016 the World Mission Sunday collection in parishes across England and Wales raised £540,967 for Missio’s work.
Read more about the work of Missio on their website: www.missio.org.uk