MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS
FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2019
Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World
This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn; they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love.
See Pope Francis’ Message
Catholic Church Statistics 2019
On the occasion of the 93rd World Mission Sunday, October 20, 2019, which is celebrated in the context of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019, announced by Pope Francis in the centenary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter ‘Maximum illud’, Agenzia Fides offers some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the missionary Church in the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December 2017) regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and educational. The variation is indicated in brackets, increase (+) or decrease (-) compared to the previous year (2016), according to the comparison made by Agenzia Fides. Finally, the picture of ecclesiastical circumscriptions dependent on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is reported.
See Special Dossier Catholic Church statistics 2019