- May 24, 2020
This past week the Catholic Church in South Carolina suffered the loss of one of its younger priests, Father Marcin Zahuta, 42, who sacrificed the opportunity of playing professional soccer in Poland to enter the seminary and come to the United States as a missionary.
Catholic priests known as Redemptorists have spent five years expanding outreach to the Hispanic community in the Mississippi Delta.
Speaking to some 60,000 members of Thailand’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis on Thursday called them to be missionary disciples, explaining that being a “mercenary of the faith” does not compel others to convert.
“To be a missionary is not something easy. Culture, food, everything is different,” Sister Mary Mushi, one of three Tanzanians of the Holy Spirit Sisters serving in Key West, told Crux.
Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution.
“We need to do something different to help children build a future, what we’ve done so far is not enough,” said Italian Sister Marcella Catozza, a Franciscan missionary who first began working in Haiti in 2004 after the fall of dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide.