MANILA Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged the faithful to open their eyes to the sufferings of others and be harbingers of charity during the Eucharistic celebration for Pista ng Misyon last Oct. 18 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.

“Ang misyon na ito ay hindi pansarili [d]ahil sinusugo tayo ng Panginoon ng sama-sama. [K]ahit na ikaw ay hindi mayaman… sa iyong maliliit na pagkilos, ikaw ay nagmimisyon ng pag-ibig sa kapwa,” Tagle said in his homily.

(This mission is not only for personal intentions because the Lord is sending us to mission together. Even if you’re not rich, with your small actions, you are a missionary of charity.)

Tagle reminded Catholics that every baptized person has a mission in life to fulfill.

“Mission should not only be associated with the ordained or those in consecrated life. It is associated and linked to baptism. Every baptized person, living the life of Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection, is also sent on a mission,” he said.

The Manila archbishop awarded the Certificate of Apostolic Mission to catechists who have fulfilled their evangelization tasks.

“Dominus Est,” a website that will feature extraordinary prayers and stories regarding the Church, was also introduced to the public. It was spearheaded by several youth volunteers from the Archdiocese of Manila and will be launched on Oct 22.

Pope Francis announced the “Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019” during World Mission Sunday in 2017 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter on Mission, “Maximum Illud.”

“Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World” is the theme for this year’s Extraordinary Mission Month.


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