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Pope Francis explains a central idea of his pontificate: the Church must always go out

At Sunday's Angelus, Pope Francis again explained one of the central ideas of his pontificate: that the Church and so all Catholics must go out to reach all people. He said it is about following God's example. 

“God always goes out, in search of us; He is not closed up – God goes out. He continually seeks out people, because He does not want anyone to be excluded from His loving plan.”

The pope said that Catholics must also venture out of their comfort zones or horizons, so that the Christian message reaches all kinds of people. 

“It means being open to horizons in life that offer hope to those stationed on the existential peripheries, who have not yet experienced, have lost, the strength and the light that comes with meeting Christ.”

In his greetings, the pope recalled that if it had not been for the pandemic, the Eucharistic Congress in Budapest would have been held this Sunday. He did not mention it, but he had planned to attend the closing ceremony. 

“I wish to extend my greetings to the pastors and the faithful of Hungary and to all of those who were expecting with faith and with joy this ecclesial event.”

The pope said goodbye wishing the audience a good lunch.

Because of the safety measures against the pandemic, the entry of people into St. Peter's Square is still very limited.


Translation: CC