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Back to calendar World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, will be on October 20 this year. This collection on the next-to-last Sunday in October is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace. This year, we are reminded by Pope Francis that Mission is at the Heart of Christian Faith; the materials for World Mission Sunday from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith encourage an ongoing formative relationship for mission, offering portraits of today’s missionaries inspired by the words of our chief missionary, Pope Francis.