At 6.00 pm this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will preside at Vespers for the beginning of the missionary month that is traditionally October. The celebration will be introduced by a missionary Vigil and listening to testimonies from the missionary world starting at 5.15 pm.
Starting today, the Church this month celebrates an “Extraordinary Missionary Month,” that was announced by the Pope himself at the Angelus of October 22, 2017 with these words: “It is my intention to promote an Extraordinary Missionary Month in October 2019, in order to nourish the ardor of the evangelizing activity of the Church ad gentes. On the day of the liturgical memorial of St. John Paul II, the missionary Pope, we entrust to his intercession the mission of the Church in the world.”
POPE’S OCTOBER PRAYER INTENTION: FOR A MISSIONARY “SPRING” IN THE CHURCH
Pope Francis released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for October, which is that the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church.
In his prayer intention for the month of October 2019, Pope Francis invites us to pray that, “politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.”
It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.
The full text of his intention follows:
Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection. Reaching the peripheries – the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel: this is what we call the “missio ad gentes”. We must also remember that the heart of the Church’s mission is prayer. In this Extraordinary Missionary Month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary “spring” for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church,
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity.