Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the faithful gathered at St. Peter’s Square, proclaimed October 2019 as “Extraordinary Missionary Month” to be marked and celebrated in the whole Church throughout the world and entrusted the mission of the Church in the world especially to Pope St. John Paul II. His Holiness also urged everyone to live the joy of mission by witnessing the Gospel in the environs where each one lives and works.

As reported by en.radiovaticana.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “We are called upon to support with affection, concrete help and prayer, the missionaries who have gone out to proclaim Christ to those who still do not know Him. Further, His Holiness added, “I also recall that I intent to promote an Extraordinary Missionary Month in October 2019, in order to nourish the ardor of the evangelizing activity of the Church ad gentes.”

His Holiness concluded his message by entrusting the mission of the Church to Pope St. John Paul II, on the day of the liturgical memory of the saint.