Author: MissioTeam

A Faith-filled mission trip to Uganda

By Gerard Gough AS OUR plane descended into Entebbe Airport, I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and afforded myself a look out the window and was instantly struck by just how verdant Uganda looked from the skies. In more role as Communications Officer for Missio Scotland, I visit schools and explain to them why each colour on the Mission Rosaries has been chosen for each continent. I perhaps should have taken a photo there and then and I would have been able to easily explain to them why Africa is green! So here I was, excited to be...

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Prayers for Myanmar ahead of Pope’s visit

By Gerard Gough THE CARDINAL from Myanmar, who paid an extensive visit to Scotland in 2016, has encouraged his nation’s Faithful to prepare themselves spiritually for the visit of Pope Francis to the troubled country this November. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the Archbishop of Yangon, released a statement this month urging the country’s 700,000 Catholics to prepare themselves spiritually to ensure the success of the upcoming Papal visit, which will see Pope Francis visit Myanmar from November 27-30, before travelling onto neighbouring Bangladesh from November 30 until December 2. “Say special prayers for the Pope’s visit every day, make the...

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Pope releases message for World Mission Sunday 2017

Mission at the heart of the Christian faith Dear Brothers and Sisters, ONCE again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, ‘the very first and greatest evangeliser’ (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Day invites us to reflect anew on the mission at the heart of the Christian faith. The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, She would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that...

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Pope Francis plans extraordinary focus on the missions

By Gerard Gough AT A June 3 audience with the National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Pope Francis announced that October 2019 will be an ‘extraordinary time for prayer and reflection’ devoted to the missions. The Holy Father explained to those assembled in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace—including Missio Scotland’s own Fr Vincent Lockhart (above)—that he had chosen the date two years from now in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Maximum Illud, Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic letter on the propagation of the faith. The Extraordinary Missionary Month will also be aimed at promoting the missionary...

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Missio Scotland hails St Fergus’ fantastic fundraisers

AN EXCELLENT fundraising effort by the staff and pupils of St Fergus’ Primary School in Paisley throughout Lent culminated recently with children presenting a cheque for more than £900 to Missio Scotland. Gerard Gough, communications officer for Missio Scotland, the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS)—Pope Francis’ own charity and official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church—was on hand to accept the cheque at a recent school assembly (above) and paid tribute to the efforts of the Catholic schoolchildren after the presentation. “The generosity of Catholic schoolchildren towards Missio Scotland never fails to amaze me,” he...

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