Missio is the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies
We are the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission. Missio Scotland brings the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty or uncertainty, and aid to where the Church is new, young or poor.
Missio Scotland empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith. We also help to train and nurture future leaders so that the vital work of the Church can continue to take place.
Pope Francis Covid-19 Emergency Appeal
Missio Scotland is part of a global network found in over 120 countries. We are Pope Francis' official charity for overseas mission, also known as Missio or the Pontifical Mission Societies. We highlight the vital work of overseas missionaries and fundraise so that they can build and maintain a vibrant Church in over 1100 mission dioceses mostly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
You may be aware that Pope Francis announced a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help assist these vulnerable mission communities. He has opened the fund by contributing $750,000, and all monies raised will be distributed to these communities via the local churches.
On the announcement of the fund, Cardinal Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples said: "In her task of evangelisation, the Church is often on the front lines of major threats to human well-being. In Africa alone, there are over 74,000 religious sisters and over 46,000 priests operating almost 10,000 hospitals, clinics and homes for the elderly and the vulnerable, and educating over 19 million children in primary schools. The Holy Father is directly calling upon the Church’s entire vast network to face the COVID-19 challenges ahead."
In bringing this fund to your attention, I am acutely aware of the struggles and difficulties parishes around Scotland face as we continue to journey into this crisis. However, we can't ignore the limited resources and capabilities of our brothers and sisters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America—where basic sanitation is often a challenge in itself. On these continents, the Church is on the frontline and it is missionaries who will respond, as best they can, to the medical and pastoral needs of suffering men, women and children.
You can also give spiritually by remembering the difficult work of our overseas missionaries in your prayers.
As always, thank you for being part of the Church’s mission in helping others. Both your financial and spiritual support is deeply appreciated.
Thank you and stay safe.
Fr Vincent Lockhart, National Director, Missio Scotland
Sr Placida McCann, originally from Greenock, speaks about the work her congregation is doing in Kenya amid the difficulties presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The headteachers of the Likuni Girls School, Malawi and The Love of God School, Freetown, Sierra Leone speak about the impact Covid-19 is having.
Highlights and interviews from the first ever Pope's Charity Cup Final on Saturday October 26 at Lochburn Park in Maryhill, which saw St Anne's Primary School defeat St Brigid's Primary School 2-1 (AET) in what was a thrilling match!
Thank you to the Glasgow Catholic Schools FA for agreeing to this wonderful new annual partnership tournament for Mission Month and thanks to Samuel O'Neill of The Luna Film Co in Glasgow for this wonderful video!