The Church's Mission
Just in case we have forgotten what we are supposed to be about, here is a reminder:
I encourage in each one of you a deeper awareness of Christ's missionary mandate to "make disciples of all peoples" (Matt 28:19)
We should have a longing and a passion to illumine all peoples with the light of Christ that shines on the face of the Church
The Church works not to extend her power or assert her dominion, but to lead all people to Christ, the salvation of the world.
Dispersion, multipicity, conflict and enmity will be healed and reconciled through the blood of the Cross and led back to unity.
This new beginning can already be seen in the resurrection and exaltation of Christ
Christ calls, justifies, sanctifies and sends his disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God, so that all nations may become the People of God.
The universal mission should become a fundamental constant in the life of the Church
Proclamation of the Gospel must be for us, as it was for the Apostle Paul, a primary and unavoidable duty
The universal Church, which knows neither borders nor frontiers, is aware of her responsibility to procalim the Gospel to entire peoples
The mission of the Church, therefore, is to call all peoples to the salvation accomplished by God through his incarnate Son
the task of evangelising all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church
At stake is the eternal salvation of persons, the goal and the fulfillment of human history and the universe
The whole Church must be committed to the missio ad gentes, until the salvific sovereignty of Christ is fully accomplished
Missionary zeal has always been a sign of the vitality of our Churches
I therefore ask all Catholics to pray to the Holy Spirit for an increase in the Church's passion for her mission to spread the Kingdom of God
It is my fervant plea before the throne of God, Holy Father.