Mission, like Christ’s love, has no boundaries.
This is what Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula told the faithful as he celebrated the Holy Mass for World Mission Sunday at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino in Rome on October 22.
Cardinal Advincula invited the Filipino community present in the Eucharistic celebration to embrace the call of mission “with open hearts and willing spirits” as it is “a duty and privilege of every Christian”.
“Together as a Filipino community in Rome and in Italy, let us continue to be a shining light, a beacon of hope, and a testimony, a testament to the universal call to mission,” he said.
“Let us remember that our mission is not limited by borders for the love of Christ knows no boundaries,” he added.
Concelebrated with the Archbishop of Manila was Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara who stressed that Filipinos are serving as “exemplary witnesses of faith” around the world.
“And in so doing have shown them the value of prayer not only in their life as missionaries but also in our lives as Christians,” Bishop Vergara said.
Cardinal Advincula and Bishop Vergara, together with CBCP president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David are in Rome until October 29 for the first cycle of the Synod on Synodality. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)