Pope Francis met on October 7 with members of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who recently concluded a meeting of their general chapter.
The Pope reminded the Oblates that their religious order was founded
by St. Eugene de Mazenod after he experienced a profound feeling of
Christ’s mercy, while praying before the crucifix on Good Friday. “May
mercy always be at the heart of your mission,” the Pope said.
The early work of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was among
the poor of Provence in the wake of the French Revolution.
has since become known for tackling the most difficult missionary
“Today every land is a land of mission,” Pope Francis told
them. “Every dimension of the human being is a land of missino that
awaits the proclamation of the Gospel.”