Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - World Mission Day 2020 on October 18th was marked by the pandemic, but this year too, thanks to the creativity of dioceses, parishes and schools, it was possible to carry out the initiatives. Fr. José María Calderón, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Spain, thanked everyone who worked on the missionary projects in a video. The President of the Pontifical Mission Societies, His Exc. Mgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, also expressly thanked Spain for its great commitment in the parishes and with the Pontifical Mission Societies.
"This year's World Mission Day will be remembered as the Sunday of confinement or of the pandemic", explains Fr. José María Calderón. "We would like to thank everyone who made the celebration possible even in this unusual situation and who contributed to the Mission Church with generous donations".
The National Director emphasizes that the Church in Spain is very generous in supporting the missions and this is possible thanks to the many people who have contributed with their prayers, donations and initiatives - both individuals and schools and parishes. He also thanks those who have contributed through the media.
"The missionaries will thank you. The Church will continue to evangelize thanks to your commitment, initiatives and donations", he concludes.
Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies, also thanked the Spanish Catholics for the support they give the missionaries. "It is a contribution that demonstrates the special mission awareness in Spain", he explains in a video to the Spanish news service COPE. "There are many Spanish missionaries, religious, priests and lay people all over the world. And they exist because there are many Spanish congregations behind them, that are very conscious of the call to mission".
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pontifical Mission Societies had initiated special virtual initiatives to celebrate World Mission Day and supported them with a website on which the testimonies of six missionaries were accessible in an interactive way and online donations were made possible. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 23/10/2020)