After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people can feel a little jaded about Christmas. We are ostensibly preparing to give gifts to each other in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace, who came as a poor child in a remote corner of the Earth. But instead, we often come away feeling nothing but stress and emptiness instead of the joy and wonder that we should.

To counter this, Giving Tuesday has over the last 5 years become a global movement that has grown as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day where people focus on charitable giving and remembering the needy and less fortunate.

One of the most powerful ways to can take part in this movement, and a way to ensure that your charitable gift is directly getting to those who need it is by using MISSIO from the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, MISSIO is a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly help provide aid and assistance to the poorest areas around the world with the most need.

With MISSIO you can directly support the works of Catholic missionaries in the poorest and most desperate areas of the world. Just some of the giving opportunities on MISSIO include providing Care for Pregnant Women and Mothers in Nigeriahelp a priest in India give Children with AIDS vital medicineget clean drinking water to Myanmar – where the Pope is visiting this week! – or directly support Pope Francis’ personal missionary fund that serves over 1,100 dioceses across the world.

Choose one of these missions of Pope Francis knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. Share about it on social media so others can support the projects also.

MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.

Check out MISSIO today and give this Giving Tuesday!

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