AMERICA / COSTA RICA – A Great National Mission of two years begins on Mission Day: “Missionary disciples: bearers of hope”
San José (Agenzia Fides) – The Bishops of Costa Rica, convinced that “it is impossible for us not to speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4.20), “summon all the pilgrim people of God in our dioceses , for a Great National Mission on the theme “Missionary Disciples bearers of hope”. This Great Mission will be the opportunity for every Christian, whatever the place and the situation in which he finds himself, to renew his personal meeting with Jesus Christ, or at least, to decide. The sending for this Great National Mission will take place , in each Cathedral of our country, by the respective diocesan Bishop, on Sunday October 24, as part of the celebration of World Mission Day (Domund) and will culminate on Mission Day in 2023 “.
This is the announcement of the Bishops of Costa Rica contained in their message for World Mission Day 2021, published in early October, in which they exhort solidarity with all the missionaries of the world, inviting us to renew “our baptismal commitment. to be generous and joyful of the Gospel “and to become instruments of compassion and mercy to the ends of the earth. After recalling the origins of Mission Day, its objectives and Pauline Jaricot’s intuition, the bishops recall that in 2020 the Universal Fund to support young churches has considerably decreased due to the pandemic, “negatively affecting mission territories and on the life of missionaries.”. This is why they exhort all the faithful to “be generous, according to their possibilities, so that the work of salvation continues to spread throughout the world” on this Missionary Day 2021.
They therefore refer to the message of Pope Francis for Missionary Day 2021: “the current moment in our history is not easy”, “the pandemic situation has highlighted and amplified the pain, the loneliness, the poverty and injustice ”,“ these times, rather than discouraging us, invites us to proclaim with more force and commitment that the Lord is risen and that his resurrection is the foundation of our hope. ”These are the reasons that have leads the bishops of Costa Rica to convoke the Great National Mission and, in their message, they invite all the faithful to participate and to commit themselves, “to renew our baptismal missionary vocation and to show that we are a Church in movement, active and committed to the cause of the Kingdom of God, in the world and in the circumstances in which everyone lives and works, in the Church and in society “. The hope is that this missionary experience will be “a time of grace, conversion and pastoral renewal for all”. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 6/10/2021)