'The crucifix is everything for the missionary. It is his strength, his consolation, his model, his courage, his success! The Crucifix is the explanation of the Missionary, and without it, there is not even the idea of the missionary.'
Blessed Paulo Manna
This year sees the 150th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Paul Manna, founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union. Serious illness prevented Father Paolo from remaining on mission himself but he was inspired by God to animate clergy around the world and to foster a missionary zeal among the faithful.
Over the past few days, the European Holy Childhood Conference (CEME) was held in Geneva in Switzerland.
The event, which takes place every two years, brings together all those who work within the Missionary Children (Holy Childhood) sector of the Pontifical Mission Societies throughout Europe.
This years event proved to be especially memorable for Missio Scotland as Gerard, our Communications Officer, was appointed to the board.
All participants exchanged personal experiences and returned to their home countries not only with further inspiration, but also with real support for one another.
Missio Scotland is the Scottish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies and is the official mission aid agency of the Catholic Church. We are continuing the mission of Jesus Christ in the world by reaching out, giving life and calling all people in the world to faith, justice and love.
Find out more about who we are and what we do.
Missio Scotland's magazine, 'We Are Mission', contains details of the projects we will be supporting this year. Links to this year's projects can be found below.
The magazine also gives an insight into our mission community.
Download a copy today.