Epiphany: the Feast of the Missionaries Childhood

06 January 2022

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Pope Pius XII with a letter dated December 4, 1950 to Cardinal Biondi, then Prefect of the Congregation, hoped that there would celebrate a Holy Childhood Day in every country for the promotion of the Society and make it more popular and participatory day by day. In the same letter, the Pope invited the Prefect to communicate this decision to each bishop, urging them to establish such a day.

 “Epiphany in a special way is the feast of the Holy Child Missionaries, that is, of those children and boys and girls – there are many in various countries of the world – who dedicate themselves to pray and to donate their savings so that the Gospel might be proclaimed to those who do not know it. I want to say to them: “Thank you, boys and girls: thank you!” and I would like to recall that mission begins with the daily witness of Christian life. Regarding this, I encourage the initiatives of evangelization that stem from the traditions of Epiphany and which, due to the current situation, use various means of communication.” (Angelus January 6 2022)