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Pope Francis talks on membership to the Church during General Audience

2014-06-25

(-VIDEO ONLY-) On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis talked about membership to the Church. He said that no person becomes a Christian on their own. Each member is part of a larger community, that received their faith from their family and their families before them. He added that the Church is a source of unity for humanity, and Christians are called to look after all their brothers and sisters.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  

In our catechesis on the Church, we have seen that God gathered a people to himself in the Old Testament and in the fullness of time sent his Son to establish the Church as the sacrament of unity for all humanity.  

God calls each of us to belong to this great family.  None of us become Christians on our own; we owe our relationship with God to so many others who passed on the faith, who brought us for Baptism, who taught us to pray and showed us the beauty of the Christian life: our parents and grandparents, our priests, religious and teachers.  

But we are Christians not only because of others, but together with others.  Our relationship with Christ is personal but not private; it is born of, and enriched by, the communion of the Church.  

Our shared pilgrimage is not always easy: at times we encounter human weakness, limitations and even scandal in the life of the Church.  Yet God has called us to know him and to love him precisely by loving our brothers and sisters, by persevering in the fellowship of the Church and by seeking in all things to grow in faith and holiness as members of the one body of Christ.

I offer a cordial greeting to the delegation of Bethlehem University, which this year celebrates the fortieth anniversary of its establishment, with appreciation for its praiseworthy educational apostolate among the Palestinian people.  

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, the Antilles and the United States.  

Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus.


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