In conjunction with the 100 anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Letter Maximum Illud the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur will celebrate the vision of Baptize and Sent with a series of activities starting at 9am and ending with Sunset Mass celebrated by Archbishop Julian. The aim is to give thanks for our experience of mission, celebrate being called by God in our baptism and rejoice in being sent out to proclaim the Gospel. This will be held at the Church of St Theresa, Nilai (The designated Pilgrim Parish for the Archdiocese of KL in this Extraordinary Mission Year) on Saturday, November 30th 2019. All are welcome. You are encouraged to register with your parish office. Recommended to come with your parish groups by bus or using the “KTM Komuter” train. (Stop at Nilai Station)

Church of St. Theresa Nilai
Lot 2850 Jalan Besar, 71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan
GPS : 2’48’16.2”N 101’48’02.2”E

For further enquiries, please call or WhatsApp :
Xavier Dominic @ 012 - 6321858, Alex Choong @ 012 - 2784281 or Andrew Lim @ 012 - 3173677.

100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's
letter Maximum Lllud (1919 - 2019)

Maximum illud is an apostolic letter issued by Pope Benedict XV on 30 November 1919. As is traditional with such documents, it takes its title from the opening words of the original Latin text, meaning "that momentous". Benedict begins by recalling "that momentous and holy charge" found in Mark 16:15: "Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to all creation."

It identified the principles and priorities of the Catholic missions. It represented a break with Eurocentric and colonialist thought. It proposed instead an appreciation for cultural differences, a separation of the Church's work from political alliances, and the need to develop the resources of local churches to thrive independently once the missionaries withdraw in favor of an indigenous priesthood and episcopacy. It established, according to Cardinal Fernando Filoni, that "the Church could no longer be linked to the reality of that moment where there were so many nationalisms and the desire to promote a certain colonialism through religion: a union that had to be broken. The Catholic missionary, Pope Benedict XV said, presents himself as an ambassador of Christ, not as a messenger of his own nation."

Though not an encyclical, it is sometimes identified as the first of five papal encyclicals issued between 1919 and 1959 that redefined the Church’s missionary role.


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