World Mission Sunday – the one day in the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission – will happen on 18 October. And as we journey to the end of a difficult and frightening year, our theme is a shout of courage and faith: ‘Here I am, send me!’

World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression.

Pope Francis calls on Catholics to support overseas mission financially through Missio. As the Holy Father’s official charity for world mission, Missio will be inspiring a renewal of mission throughout the month of October, asking Catholics in England and Wales to answer the call to share God’s love.

Through reflection, discussion, and stories on our website, our social media and through our Mission Today magazine, Missio will help Catholics explore their own personal mission in preparation for World Mission Sunday.

A short film created by Missio agencies around the world features the brave and selfless women and men already making a huge difference in the world’s poorest communities. Aptly called ‘We Are Still Here’, it acknowledges that Missio and our partners throughout our universal Church are present before, during and after a crisis. View the clip here: missio.org.uk/wms

In Pope Francis’ message for World Mission Sunday, he says:

‘The Church continues the mission of Jesus and sends us everywhere so that, through our witness and the proclamation of the Gospel, God may continue to manifest his love and transform hearts, societies and cultures’.

Missio helps Churches too poor or too young to support themselves. What you donate today will make a difference to struggling communities throughout the world.

This World Mission Sunday, how will we share God’s love with those near and far?

This World Mission Sunday, join with Missio to help missionaries help more vulnerable communities. In this year of uncertainty and fear caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, climate crisis and conflict around the world, it is more important than ever to be a light in the darkness.  By supporting Missio, you play a valuable part in creating a vibrant Catholic Church for the future. You can find out more about World Mission Sunday (18 October 2020) and this year’s campaign at missio.org.uk/wms