Pope encourages missionaries in Africa

Pope Francis has applauded African-based missionaries for their efforts to show compassion to the continent’s most vulnerable.

The Pope said this when he received members of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Rome, Italy during the General Chapter of the Order at the Vatican from April 30 to May 24, on the theme, “a family faithful to its missionary charism in today’s complex and changing context.”

Pope Francis urged SMA fathers to persist in their commitment and collaboration with other religions and institutions in serving children and the most fragile people, victims of war, disease, and human trafficking and assures his prayers for Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, who was abducted last year in Niger. He further challenged them to undergo greater conversion, immersing themselves into charitable works and reflecting on scripture, and the sacraments.

The Society of African Missions is a missionary order of priests who serve Catholics in Africa, often in rural areas, as well as communities of African origin in other parts of the world.  Founded in 1856, the Order seeks to provide spiritual and physical nourishment including education, interreligious dialogue, and aid to displaced people in Africa.

Credit: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

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