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Pope Francis and the Missionary Oblates:

On a Mission - Summer 2013

Living a Life of Mission

Pope Francis and the Missionary Oblates When Pope Francis was elected on March 13 the world was shocked: the relatively unknown former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina was quite a bit different than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.The new pope has already been a breath of fresh air for the Missionary Oblates and millions of faithful people worldwide. He has focused his attention on helping the poor and evangelizing to all corners of the earth. During his inaugural Mass he shared with us the importance of protecting God’s creations: “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

Pope Francis urged all of us to join him to “protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important.” He continued, “To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope,” said the Pope. “It is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds.”

Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, feels that the Pope’s chosen name, Francis, tells the world that he is going to have a different “program.” “No other Pope has taken it,” Cardinal George said. “You know, they always take Pius, or Benedict, or John or Gregory. He said immediately it was because of St. Francis of Assisi, so that tells you something. He wants to be for us what St. Francis was for the Church of his day. That’s a wonderful Pope.”

Through their ministries the Missionary Oblates are certainly letting “a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds,” as Pope Francis suggested. The Oblates serve poor people in countries around the world – including the Pope’s home of Argentina, where the Oblates have worked for nearly 80 years. They first served several neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and then expanded all over the country in order to preach to the most abandoned.

The Oblates’ work among the Hispanic community continues to expand. To accommodate the large number of Hispanic Catholics in the United States, the Oblates are broadening their evangelization efforts. The Oblates will offer their magazine, Oblate World, as a bilingual publication. While the printed copy will appear in both English and Spanish, online versions will offer the full text in both languages.

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who have been called to their eternal rest with the Lord.
Teodorico Bautista
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Marcel Fagnan
Grace Finley
Margaret Fischer
Dorothy Ford
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John Grabowski
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Joseph Guzman
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Joan Iraneta
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Felicia Jordanek
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Anne Maykish
George McSwain
Charles Muckenthaler
William Mundus
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Peter Neary
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Gloria Pieretti
Catherine Porten
Agnes & Vincent Quinn
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Maria De La Luz Solis
Margaret Stannard
Nancy Stoner
Laverne Talaska
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Robert G. Vincent
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