Pope's catechesis on apostolic zeal: why should we evangelize everyone?

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22/11/2023
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Pope Francis explained that he will dedicate his last four catecheses on apostolic zeal to four themes taken from his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
The first was on joy. The second, the one corresponding to this day, was dedicated to explaining that “the proclamation is for everyone.” Pope Francis said that “our mission has a universal scope, that we are called to evangelize without excluding anyone, going out of ourselves and overcoming the barriers that separate us, sharing the good news with joy and simplicity of heart.”


SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:

Dear brothers and sisters:
In our continuing catechesis on apostolic zeal, we are reflecting on the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and its summons to proclaim “the joy of the Gospel.” That joy is meant for everyone, since the risen Lord wishes to call all men and women to share in the fullness of life. In fidelity to the mission we received in baptism, we have a duty to share the Gospel with all whom we meet, not excluding anyone, because Christ was born, died, and rose again for all.


The Scriptures reveal that when God calls individuals to discipleship, he also sends them forth as witnesses of his redeeming love. The Church herself is “catholic,” universal, for she has been entrusted with the mission of making disciples of all nations, while also fostering unity that respects and reconciles the rich variety of histories and cultures. May we who have experienced the beauty and joy of the Gospel become ever more conscious that its message is good news for all, and strive to show the face of a Church that is welcoming and embraces all.


I extend a warm welcome to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, the Philippines, Korea and the United States of America. Upon all of you I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!
JRB
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