Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The Italian Mission Press Association, FESMI, published a message for World Missionary October 2020 which recalls that in "this year, marked by the suffering and challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the mission of the whole Church will continue in the light of the word that we find in the Bible on the calling of the prophet Isaiah: "Here I am, send me" (Is 6: 8).
"Our magazines, websites and editorial offices that deal with missionary information and public relations feel challenged by the words that Pope Francis writes in his message for World Mission Day 2020. "Here I am, send me" is an invitation that is addressed in a special way to our task as media workers at this time when so many brothers and sisters are looking for a true word of hope to alleviate so many fears and to overcome gaps that are made even clearer by the pandemic".
With reference to the quote from the prophet Isaiah, FESMI repeats "Here we are, send us": to show that even in this great tragedy, the poor always pay the highest price, as is the case for wars in the arms industry, poverty caused by the unfair exploitation of resources, the drama of growing hunger, the destruction of creation in the name of the profit regarding a few: these are viruses that nobody can really feel immune to".
"Here we are, send us", also means "to accompany those who, even in these difficult times, leave everything behind and set out to preach the Gospel of Jesus. It is up to us to keep our eyes open to the new paths that the spirit continues to pave in the suburbs".
"It is up to us to show that people of different cultures and religions meet in missions in order to recognize sons and daughters of the one God. May the nursing homes or hospitals built thanks to the generosity of so many have their doors open to welcome everyone indiscriminately".
"In a computerized world where news seems to have narrower horizons every day, we want to be the ones who help keep our minds and hearts open, so that we too can take part in the mission of the Church without fear of the stormy sea", the press release concluded. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 9/10/2020)