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EMM: Lessons from Archbishop Kwofie’s tour of rural communities

100 years ago, Pope Benedict XV released the encyclical Maximum Illud, which called on Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). To commemorate this anniversary, Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission.

This special month of prayer and action calls us all to renew our missionary commitment. We are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all peoples.

As Catholics mark the Extraordinary Mission Month on the theme ‘Baptized and Sent’, it is a call to reach out to everyone and not only to those in the urban areas.  

As the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, His grace Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie has taken evangelization to the doorsteps of those in the rural areas, so should all faithful’s strive to get the good news to deprived communities.  

As scripture demands in Mark 16:15, ‘And He said to them, Go into the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation’, Archbishop Kwofie embarked on rural evangelization to Kledeke, Ngorlekpoe and Vome Communities to familiarize with the people during his pastoral visit to St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Battor.

 The Archbishop’s exemplary actions is a call to action for everyone who has been baptized to send out the good news to every end of the earth irrespective of the bad nature of roads in these rural communities. The mission month would not be well marked if that one person in that village or deprived community is not told of the love of God.

The EMM is to be an opportunity for reflection, prayer and support for the whole Church. And in the lead-up to EMM 2019, Missio will be here to help the Scotland, providing advice, materials and support to dioceses.

As the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, Missio enables Catholics in Scotland to live out the call received at Baptism: to share in the Church’s universal mission.

The Holy Father’s expresses his care for all Churches through the prayer and solidarity Missio encourages. Thanks to your support, Missio can help Churches in mission dioceses reach out to their own communities with the love and compassion of Christ.

Source// Radio Angelus

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