Winners of an annual Christmas artwork contest celebrating faith and missionary outreach were honored during an Oct. 18 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul marking World Mission Sunday.

The contest was sponsored by the Missionary Child Association (MCA), one of four Pontifical Mission Societies that together support some 1,110 mission dioceses worldwide.

The MCA focuses on teaching children to embrace their baptismal call to become missionaries through prayer, good works and the support of mission efforts throughout the world.

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The winners were Toni Frank of St. James Regional School in Ridley Park and Andrea Verch of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, who each received national-level recognition; and archdiocesan awardees Hannah Pozzi of St. Peter the Apostle School in Philadelphia, Pari Amin of Maternity B.V.M. School in Philadelphia, Rachel Weigand of Notre Dame De Lourdes in Swarthmore, and Nathan Gotto of St. Francis of Assisi in Springfield.