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National Director Meets The Pope
The National Director Fr. Faustine L. Lobo visited Rome for the Annual General Assembly of the Pontifical Mission Societies from the 13-18th of May 2013. During his visit Fr. Faustine L. Lobo had an audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. Pope Francis requested the National Director to 'pray for him'. The pope, especially, felt the need for the prayers of all so that he is able to carry out his responsibilities in the way the Holy Spirit inspires.



Pope said, "To you, dear National Directors I repeat the invitation that Paul VI addressed, almost fifty years ago, to safeguard zealously the universal scope of the Missionary Societies, «that have the honor, the responsibility, the duty to support the mission [to proclaim the Gospel], to administer the necessary aid« . Never tire of educating every Christian from childhood, to have a genuinely universal and missionary spirit, and to raise awareness in the entire community about the need to support and help the missions according to the needs of each. Make sure that the Pontifical Mission Societies continue in the path of their centuries-old tradition, to give life and education to the Churches, opening them to the broad dimension of the mission of evangelization." The meeting was for 5 days and relevant issues were discussed and the new direction and innovations that have to be made in the functioning of the PMS were deliberated.

During the occasion, Fr. Faustine also met His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filone, the Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization of people; Abp. Protase Rugambwa, the President of the Pontifical Mission societies; Fr. Timoteo Lehane, Secretary General - Propagation of Faith; Msgr Jan Dumon, Secretary General - St. Peter, the Apostle; Madame Baptistine Ralamboarison, Secretary General - Missionary Childhood; Fr. Vito Del Prito, Secretary General - PMU and updated with the missionary efforts that are done in Indias through various personnel. All of them appreciated the tremendous work tht is done by the missionaries in the most difficult situations.