(17 May 08 -RV) In remarks to participants in the meeting of the Superior Council
of the Pontifical Missionary Works today, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Church’s
duty to spread the Gospel. We have this report... The Pontifical Missionary Works
is the name of the consortium created to support the work of evangelization in non-Christian
Involving the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith,
Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle, Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood
and the Pontifical Missionary Union, the Works are dedicated to fostering cooperation
in missionary work, serving both the local and universal Church.
works with local Church officials under the direction of the Congregation for the
Evangelization of Peoples.
On Saturday, Pope Benedict told
the participants in the meeting of the group’s Superior Council that Mission is a
taska and a duty for all the particular Churches, on the nature and mission of which
the Second Vatican Council profoundly reflected, recognizing their full dignity and
Pope Benedict said the Pontifical
Missionary Works are inserted into the new paradigms of evangelization and the new
ecclesiological model of communion among the Churches. They are, said the Pope, the
specific, privileged and principal instrument of education in the universal missionary
spirit, for inter-ecclesial communion and co-operation in the service of the proclamation
of the Gospel.
Saying it is love that must drive us to announce the truth that
saves with courage and frankness to all humanity, since all humanity in fact yearns
for Christ, Pope Benedict went on to cite Christ’s command to the apostles: Go, therefore,
and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded
The Holy Father said these words continue to be an obligatory mandate
for the whole Church and for every single one of Christ’s faithful.
commitment, said Pope Benedict, is a duty and also a right that no one may renounce,
an expression of each person’s religious liberty, which has corresponding ethical-social
and ethical-political dimensions.