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Pope Francis: We live in a culture where there is a lack of interest in the other

Pope Francis met with the members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization gathering this week in Rome. Monsignor Rino Fisichella, president of the dicastery, addressed the pope with this greeting.

"The commitment to evangelization propels us to always seek new ways to enable everyone, without excluding anyone, to hear the beautiful news of the Gospel."

Pope Francis explained that evangelization is the mission of every Christian. Therefore it's a task pertaining to the people of God.

"The evangelizing nature of the People of God – this is the second aspect – brings an awareness that transcends individuals to be carriers inserted in a complex weave of interpersonal relationships.”

The pope also said today, more than ever, it is necessary to know the hearts of people in order to reach them.

"This applies in a particular way in a period such as ours, in which we are forced to face a new culture, the fruit of technology that, while it fascinates us for the conquests it offers, it makes equally evident the lack of a true interpersonal relationship and interest in the other."

Finally, the pope reminded them that when they transmit the Gospel, they are able to bring the mercy of God to every human being.