Archbishop Fulton Sheen, now “Venerable” was director of the Pontifical Mission Societies from 1950 – 1966.
In February of 1951, Venerable Archbishop Sheen, in a radio address inaugurated the World Mission Rosary. “We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. To this end I have designed the World Mission Rosary.” Praying the Rosary, Archbishop Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and his Pontifical Mission Society for the Propagation of the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the poor Mission territories of the world.”
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He clearly and effectively communicated the Catholic Church’s message and mission on the radio and television, as well as through his many writings. He presented the inspiring stories of the Missions and told of the love and the joy of those serving the poor in those areas of the world. In 1951 Archbishop Fulton Sheen founded MISSION Magazine. Today, more than 60 years after that inaugural issue – MISSION Magazine continues to introduce readers to the Mission story.
“The poor missions of the world need the comfortable to supply roofs for their churches, medicine for their hospitals, and clothes for their backs, but the comfortable need the poor in order that they may have the blessing of God in their hearts, the charity of Christ in their souls, and the intercession of the poor who are the friends of God.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen, editorial, Mission magazine, April-May 1951 Inaugural Issue