CIAM
The Blessed Paolo Manna International Center for Missionary Animation

Aims at instilling the passion for the Kingdom of God in the clergy, men and women religious and the laity, forming their apostolic personality and encouraging them on the ways of the mission.

It is a missionary laboratory where what is achieved in missiological reflection and evangelization praxis come together.

WHAT IT DOES

It organizes specific courses for:

  • bishops
  • formators
  • theologians
  • directors and PMS
  • Social Communication experts in the missionary sector
  • priests and women religious
  • committed lay persons
  • missionary youth movements

It receives groups for

  • retreats – spiritual exercises
  • meetings for reflection – prayer
Omnis Terra
Course of Studies for the Mission

The Pontifical Missionary Union's charisma is to give the true soul to missionary activity and contribute to the apostolic formation of the Gospel workers.

It does this through intense participation in the missionary reflection of the Churches and through the publication of the review Omnis Terra and the Course of Studies for the Mission.

Omnis Terra

Omnis Terra is “a living treasure” that must be known and used: this is what several priests from the churches in Africa wrote to us. It is hidden because of its humble and poor typographical layout, but it is a treasure because it is rich in content offered by missiologists, missionaries and many other authoritative voices from the local Churches all around the world. It is an international review.

Course of Studies for the Mission

The two-year Course of Studies for the Mission offers the reading key for the authenticity of contents, the methodology of evangelizing activity, and it gives hope to those who sow with their sweat and blood in the field of the world the Word of God. In a certain way it is a synthesis of the development of evangelization theology and praxis from the Second Vatican Council until today.

Formation Religious & Laity
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Religious

Those who are called through a special vocation to give themselves completely to God, their whole person, body and will, almost dispossessing themselves, are by this very fact bearers, heralds and visible signs of God's salvation for humanity. Essentially they are chosen witnesses to God's universal Fatherhood and Motherhood.

Men and women religious must be an instrument of evangelization in a world that has “immense opportunities for works of charity, for the proclamation of the Gospel, for Christian education, cultural endeavors and solidarity with the poor and those suffering from discrimination, abandonment and oppression” (Redemptoris Missio, 69).

Laity

The mission is a necessary dimension in the Christian vocation of each and every member of the People of God. No sector is excluded. To the laity the mission has been entrusted to be evangelizing ferment in the whole world in the state of life to which they have been called!

Formation Bishops & Clergy
Bishops & Clergy

Bishops

As pastors of the Church, the bishops are placed like sentinels who announce the God who comes, like prophets who interpret the history of humanity in the light of God, like sacraments of the dead and risen Christ, in the supreme act of self-giving for the salvation of all humanity. The area and interests of their ministry expand beyond the daily care of the Churches in their charge because they must have Christ's heart.

A bishop is the one who presides in charity and is the sign of unity, but for the preaching and dissemination of the Kingdom.

He is constantly urged to put the culture of the Gospel into this world of which his diocese is a part, not the whole. If he moves along the way of the mission, the flock follows him, but if he stands still, the flock slackens and languishes. He, the pastor, is the evangelizer, and together with the Pope, he is the protagonist of the Church's evangelizing mission.

“In his own diocese, with which he constitutes one unit the bishop, stimulating, promoting and directing the work for the missions, makes the mission spirit and zeal of the People of God present and as it were visible, so that the whole diocese becomes missionary” (Ad Gentes, 38).

Clergy

A priest is the pastor who has the duty to guide the community entrusted to him, but he knows that what is required from a minister of God is to preach the Gospel to the people, those who are near, in the area that he knows, and those who are far, who have never heard the news about Christ.

“All priests must have the mind and the heart of missionaries - open to the needs of the Church and the world, with concern for those farthest away, and especially for the non-Christian groups in their own area. They should have at heart, in their prayers and particularly at the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the concern of the whole Church for all of humanity. Especially in those areas where Christians are a minority, priests must be filled with special missionary zeal and commitment. The Lord entrusts to them not only the pastoral care of the Christian community, but also and above all the evangelization of those of their fellow-citizens who do not belong to Christ's flock” (Redemptoris Missio, 67).

“The spiritual gift which priests receive at their ordination prepared them not for a sort of limited and narrow mission but for the widest possible and universal mission of salvation 'even to the ends of the earth' (Acts 1:8)” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 10).

HISTORY

Blessed P. Manna, “whose name deserves to be written in gold letters in the annals of the Church” (PAUL VI, Apostolic Letter Graves et Increscentes, 1966), was the founder of the Missionary Union of the Clergy. He was convinced that until priests and bishops were converted to the missionary idea, the missions would continue to be entrusted to just a handful of missionaries who were absolutely insufficient for the Church's universal mission. He envisaged an association of the clergy whose sole purpose would be to animate and instill missionary eagerness in pastors and formators of communities. They, the priests, had to be like a host of soldiers in the trenches who could help and support the ones on the front line. Only on this condition can all the communities become missionary. This Union was planned as a “school of educators to apostolic service lived in universal terms”.

In 1916 the Union was approved by Pope Benedict XV. In a few years the Society spread throughout the world. The First International Congress of the Union (January 3, 1922) stated the need to teach Missiology in the seminaries, a still unknown science in the Catholic formation institutes. In his writings, Father Manna insisted on the irreplaceable role of priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the education of missionary awareness in the laity. The Union spread rapidly after the Pope recommended its presence in all the dioceses in his Encyclical Maximum Illud (1919).

Through great preaching and publishing activity, Father Manna got ecclesiastics and laypersons involved in the missionary ideal while he challenged young people to carry it out. For him there was no missionary vocation distinct from the priestly or Christian vocation: his Motto was “All Missionaries!”; all baptized persons, but especially “every priest by nature, by definition, is a missionary”, and “the Church's first and fundamental function is the evangelization of the world, the whole world”. This universal missionary spirit must be integrated into the spirit of unity with those that he was the first to call our “Separated Brethren”, “an essential condition for the integral triumph of the Gospel in the world”. Like priests, also men and women religious, together with consecrated lay persons, are the natural workers of the Mission, and with the Decree Huic Sacro (1944), the Congregation of Propaganda Fide offered them membership in the Union too.

With the Decree of October 28, 1956, Pius XII gave the Union the title of “Pontifical” and later renamed it the “Pontifical Missionary Union of the Clergy, Men and Women Religious and the Consecrated Laity”.

At an advanced age, as in a dream, Father Manna drew up his great missionary plan with a prophetic character and a universal scope. He invited the Churches to found Missionary Seminaries to take part directly in the evangelization of the world and to help the young mission Churches.

Father Paolo Manna died on September 15, 1952 and on November 4, 2001 he was declared Blessed by John Paul II.

MISSION

The specific purpose of the Missionary Union of the Clergy is to increase missionary work and expand the missions through the direct commitment of those, like the Apostles, who have received the call: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit...” (Mt 28:19). The goal of its work is not only to make known the progress of faith around the world and to help the missionaries through prayers and offerings, but above all to support and put the Church in a position to carry out her evangelization task with more missionaries, the indigenous clergy and committed laypersons.

The PMU wants to:

  • promote missionary awareness among seminarians, priests and religious;

  • animate all the animators of the People of God for the Mission (RM 84) spreading and promoting the other PMS;

  • favor the union of Christians so “that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me...” (Jn 17:23);

  • put the whole Church “in a state of mission”;

  • meditate on Holy Scripture to understand God's plan of universal salvation and know the missionary nature of his Church;

  • read and study the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Popes' missionary encyclicals;

  • see one's personal history and that of one's Church in a world perspective in order to think and act on the universal level;

  • pray “the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Mt 9:37-38).
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PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY UNION
...Association of priests, religious and committed laity,
to awaken the passion of the Missionary Church, and encourage
the Christian communities to cooperate and actively participate in evangelization
PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY UNION
...Association of priests, religious and committed laity,
to awaken the passion of the Missionary Church, and encourage
the Christian communities to cooperate and actively participate in evangelization
PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY UNION
...Association of priests, religious and committed laity,
to awaken the passion of the Missionary Church, and encourage
the Christian communities to cooperate and actively participate in evangelization
PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY UNION
...Association of priests, religious and committed laity,
to awaken the passion of the Missionary Church, and encourage
the Christian communities to cooperate and actively participate in evangelization
PONTIFICAL MISSIONARY UNION
...Association of priests, religious and committed laity,
to awaken the passion of the Missionary Church, and encourage
the Christian communities to cooperate and actively participate in evangelization
HISTORY
Blessed P. Manna, “whose name deserves to be written in gold letters in the annals of the Church” (PAUL VI, Apostolic Letter Graves et Increscentes, 1966), was the founder of the Missionary Union of the Clergy. He was convinced that until priests and bishops were converted to the missionary idea, the missions would continue to be entrusted to just a handful of missionaries who were absolutely insufficient for the Church's universal mission. He envisaged an association of the clergy whose sole purpose would be to animate and instill missionary eagerness in pastors and formators of communities. They, the priests, had to be like a host of soldiers in the trenches who could help and support the ones on the front line. Only on this condition can all the communiti...

MISSION
The specific purpose of the Missionary Union of the Clergy is to increase missionary work and expand the missions through the direct commitment of those, like the Apostles, who have received the call: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit...” (Mt 28:19). The goal of its work is not only to make known the progress of faith around the world and to help the missionaries through prayers and offerings, but above all to support and put the Church in a position to carry out her evangelization task with more missionaries, the indigenous clergy and committed laypersons.
The PMU wants to:

promote missionary awareness among seminarians, priests and religious;


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