Pope Paul, underlining the importance of preaching the gospel in the Roman Catholic Church's missionary work, said in the Vatican City today (Sunday 24 October) that total priority should not be given to the battle against hunger and slavery.
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SV INT. ZOOM mission members wearing national dress
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LV & CU Samoan delegate reading address to congregation PAN TO Pope
SV Missionaries seated
SV Pope speaking
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GV Missionaries with national music conducting service
SV Other missionaries meeting Pope Paul
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Background: Pope Paul, underlining the importance of preaching the gospel in the Roman Catholic Church's missionary work, said in the Vatican City today (Sunday 24 October) that total priority should not be given to the battle against hunger and slavery.
Speaking in Saint Peters at a solemn mass for the missionary church, the 74-year-old Pontiff said many modern ideas ran counter to its missionary work. Some of the ideas, he said, relegated the preaching of the gospel to second place behind temporal liberation and economic needs.
The place of honour during the mass went to the Samoan delegation from the Polynesian island of Apia in the Pacific, which Pope Paul visited last November during his Far-Eastern pilgrimage.
SYNOPSIS: In the Vatican City on Sunday, Pope Paul unexpectedly intervened in the Church's debate on the problems of injustice in the world, and warned that the worldwide missions should not give total priority to the battle against hunger and slavery at the expense of preaching the gospel.
The 74-year-old Pontiff, speaking at a colourful mass in Saint Peter's to celebrate "Mission Sunday", said that the religious content of the church's message should take the forefront in its missionary work.
The place of honour during the mass went to the Samoan delegation from the Pacific island of Apia, which the Pope visited last November during his pilgrimage to the Far East. Wooden drums, flutes and gongs resounded through the vast Basilica as a Samoan choir sang native hymns for the mass.
Con-celebrating the mass with Pope Paul were six prelates from Latin America, Pakistan, Europe and the Pacific.