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Missionary prayer intention for November

1st Nov. 2013: The Pope’s Missionary Prayer intention for the month of November is that as fruit of the Continental mission, Latin American churches may send missionaries to other churches.
Although Latin America is the most Catholic area in the world, it has more often been the recipient, rather than the source of missionaries. One of the signs of a healthy church is its missionary zeal and commitment. The continental mission mentioned in this intention, refers to the evangelising mission to which the Latin American bishops committed themselves, when they met in Brazil in 2007. At World Youth Day this year Pope Francis affirmed that commitment. He encouraged bishops, priests and Religious, who had gathered to celebrate Mass with him “ to kindle within the hearts of young people the desire to be the missionary disciples of Jesus”. The Pope said “We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes and in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel. It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people.
The Pope invited the faithful to pray that many more missionaries may come from Latin America to bring the Gospel to people all over the world


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