2013 Message for World Mission Day:
We also live in a time of crisis that touches various sectors of
existence, not only the economy, finance, food security, or the
environment, but also those involving the deeper meaning of life and the
fundamental values that animate it. Even human coexistence is marked by
tensions and conflicts that cause insecurity and difficulty in finding
the right path to a stable peace. In this complex situation, where the
horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds,
it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in very situation, the
Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a
proclamation of God's closeness, his mercy, his salvation, and a
proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the
darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness. The men and women
of our time needs the secure light that illuminates their path and that
only the encounter with Christ can give. Let us bring to the world,
through our witness, with love, the hope given by faith! The Church’s
missionary spirit is not about proselytizing, but the testimony of a
life that illuminates the path, which brings hope and love. The Church –
I repeat once again – is not a relief organization, an enterprise or an
NGO, but a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who have
lived and are living the wonder of the encounter with Jesus Christ and
want to share this experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that
the Lord gave us. It is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church in this
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