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Diocese Receives Gratitude for 2010 World Mission Sunday Collection

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This weekend, Catholic parishes will observe World Mission Sunday. The 2011 theme is “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” In his Message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI explained its theme, saying, “The universal mission involves everyone, everything and always. The Gospel is not an exclusive possession of those who have received it, but it is a gift to be shared, good news to be passed on to others.”

The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has sent a letter of appreciation to the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, thanking the Diocese of Raleigh for its generous World Mission Sunday collection in 2010, which benefited the several organizations that make up the Pontifical Mission Societies. In his letter, Archbishop Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation, notes that the Diocesan collection of $86, 999 will help sustain some 1,150 mission dioceses throughout the world.

“Your support for the society of St. Peter Apostle educates the next generation of priests, brothers and sisters as they go through the various stages of first formation,” Archbishop Filoni wrote. “And your support for the Holy Childhood Association brings the light of the Gospel to children in some of the poorest and most remote parts of our world.” 

The Congregation, founded in 1622, was formerly titled the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. From the beginning, its primary responsibility has been missionary work and related activities. 

“This Congregation has long recognized and appreciated the missionary spirit of Catholics in the United States,” Archbishop Filoni said, adding the need to extend the missionary message of the Church to all peoples is increasing.