Red Box given to Pope Francis by Fr Anthony Chantry

On 3 June 2017 Pope Francis met all the National Directors from the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) and received his very own Red Box!

The Holy Father gave a heartfelt thanks to all of those who support the work of Missio throughout the world. He encouraged us to:

‘live the mission as a permanent opportunity to announce Christ, meeting him and helping others to have a personal encounter with him too. I hope your material and spiritual assistance to churches around the world will make the churches more and more based on the Gospel and on the baptismal involvement of all the faithful, laymen and clerics, in the Church’s only mission: to make God’s love close to every man, especially to those most in need of his mercy.

I bless you all in this day and ask the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles and Mother of the Church, always to inspire us with the testimony of her faith and the reassuring guarantee of her motherly intercession.’

After the audience, Fr Anthony Chantry met Pope Francis. He took the opportunity to give the Holy Father his very own Red Box! We’re still trying to work out who will get to visit the Vatican to collect its contents…

Find out how you can donate to the Red Box, or download our new Red Box app to give on the go!