Today is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter (Feast of the Papacy)
Pope John Paul Calls for More Contemplative Church
John Paul II called the Church to be more contemplative, more holy and more missionary, grounding its work on fervent prayer.
In his message for this year's World Mission Sunday, issued today, the Pope emphasized that only in an atmosphere of prayer can the Holy Spirit be received and the faithful become witnesses of Christ.
This year, World Mission Sunday will be observed on Oct. 19. It will coincide with the 25th-anniversary celebrations of the Holy Father's pontificate, the beatification of Mother Teresa, and the closing of the Year of the Rosary.