Excerpt from :
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II TO THE FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCES
San Carlos Seminary of Manila Sunday, 15 January 1995
“In these years of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, your particular Churches are fully committed to giving a fresh impulse to the evangelism of Asia. Just as in the first millennium the Cross was planted on the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the Third Christian Millennium a great harvest of faith will be reaped in this vast and vital Continent [ Asia]. If the Church in Asia is to fulfill its providential destiny, evangelism as the joyful, patient and progressive preaching of the saving Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ must be your absolute priority.”
Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox……
The United States sent out 127,000 of the world’s estimated 400,000 missionaries abroad in 2010, according to Todd Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. In distant second place is Brazil, which sent 34,000 missionaries abroad in 2010, he said.
Thus, at the beginning of third Christian Millennium Pope planted the Cross on the vast and vital Continent of Asia.