The Church that lives in time is missionary by its nature, inasmuch as it draws its origin from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit, according to the plan of God the Father ” ( Ad Gentes , 2).
This message is fundamental for the life of the Church.
From the understanding of the power of Baptism, which confers communion with Christ and with our brothers and sisters on every baptized person, the desire to participate in the mission of the Church arises in us.
As a work of God in human history, mission is not a simple instrument but an event that prompts everyone to welcome and serve the Gospel. By virtue of this, the missionary mandate is expressed by each baptized in the witness of life, with the proclamation of the Gospel, with participation in the life of the local Churches, with the disposition to be a leaven of good where one lives, with dialogue. , the formation of consciences, the deepening of Christian values, closeness to the least and the tangible service of charity.
The birth of the Pontifical Mission Societies has its origins from the Pentecost of the Spirit which, with its charisms, made works for the Mission intuit and carry out. Two women (Pauline Marie Jaricot, Jeanne Bigard), a Bishop (Charles de Forbin-Janson) and a priest (Fr. Paolo Manna) became the charismatic founders of a great movement for missionary cooperation in the Church.