As part of his World Youth Day visit to Brazil, Pope Francis held a meeting with bishops of Latin Americas Episcopal Conference, also known as CELAM. During his speech, the Pope talked about theAparecida document, that was drafted back in 2007
That document, includes the situation of the Church in Latin American, and it specifically outlines goals to revitalize the faith. As a reminder, the Pope said the Church is a mother, who must heal the wounds.
"I would say this is our priority. It's a lot more complex, but at its core it's the apostleship of Mercy. The merciful dimension of the Mother Church. It's the motherhood of the Church that heals wounds and helps. I was talking about yesterday with Brazilian Bishops. Right now, we're living a time period that's full of wounds. People who partially left the Church, left and then came back. It's easy to think, 'well, we have to do develop a course about this and that', but no...after a battle, the first priority is to heal wounds. The pastoral mission of the Church is to heal."
Pope Francis also talked about the looming dangers of using the message of the Gospel as an ideology. To avoid this, the Pope called on bishops to focus their activity on a quote 'revolution of tenderness'. Using a bit of humor, the Pope asked bishops to be close to people and to love the Church, both in the good times and the bad.
"We can't be men who think and behave like 'princes'. Men who are not ambitious and are married to one Church, but at the same time are waiting for another. In this respect we can't have polygamist bishops, right? They are married to one Church, but have their eyes set on that promotion.”
At the end of his speech, the Pope emphasized that a bishop should guide his community, and not be authoritarian towards it. Then, the Pope also asked his fellow bishops to pay special attention to their homilies so they can be relatable and not detached and abstract.