Sacrofano (Agenzia Fides) - "An essential task of the International Secretariat of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is to ensure the fair and responsible distribution of funds collected each year by the People of God throughout the world and which constitute the Universal Fund of Solidarity. Equally important is the regular contact with the National Directorates of the Pontifical Mission Societies and with the beneficiaries of the subsidies. This role of coordination, as expressed in our Statute, is at the service of a vigorous response to the fundamental evangelizing vocation of the Church". This was recalled by Fr. Tadeusz J. Nowak, OMI, Interim Secretary General of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith (POPF) during the introduction to his report presented on Wednesday 30 May in the afternoon at the General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies, being held in Sacrofano (see Fides 25/05/2018).
After mentioning some changes regarding the personnel in the Roman offices of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Fr. Nowak recalled Pope Francis’ frequent requests "on the importance of a constant promotion of missionary spirituality, which strives to instill a sensitivity to the call to missionary discipleship in the hearts of all the baptized". He then reiterated that "an important task of the National Directors is to animate the local Churches and encourage them to grow in an ever more active missionary spirituality". In this regard he thanked all the National Directors "for their commitment in organizing activities for the celebration of World Mission Day and for other initiatives of animation that promoted the formation of a missionary spirit in their regions".
Fr. Nowak then informed about the follow-up to some of the motions presented in the previous PMS meetings and presented the 2018 budget. Concluding his speech, he reiterated that "the International Secretariat of the Pontifical Mission Societies for the Propagation of the Faith is primarily dedicated to the service of the Fund of Solidarity" and "in spite of the considerable decrease in the offers registered last year by the United States and Canada, we are comforted and hopeful in noticing a moderate increase in the offers collected in Europe, particularly in France, Ireland, Poland and other Eastern European countries, and a steady growth in the collections offered by people of good will in Africa and Asia". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 31/5/2018)