The Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has confirmed that the World Mission Day 2020 will be observed as usual on October 18, 2020. On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, Pope Francis released his message for this year’s celebration. Based on theme taken from the Book of Isaiah, “Here am I, send me”, the Pope’s message says that the Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity for mission and service to others.
World Mission Day, or Mission Sunday, was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1926, to remind Catholics about their commitment and support to the missionary work of the Church through prayer and sacrifice.
The Congregation, which oversees the missionary work and related activities of the Catholic Church worldwide, said it also “relies on the sense of communion and co-responsibility of the bishops for the collection of that Day in favour of the Pontifical Mission Societies, which work in a universal context for an equitable support of the Churches in mission territories”.