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Pope wants evangelical dimension for Courtyard of the Gentiles

November 30, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI, who proposed the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” as a forum for dialogue with non-believers, now wants to accentuate the evangelical dimension of the initiative, writes Sandro Magister of L’Espresso.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has organized a series of “Courtyard” events in European cities, bringing together noted atheists and agnostics to discuss the question of faith. In a message to the most recent meeting, in Portugal, Pope Benedict called attention to the challenge that Christianity poses for non-believers, suggesting that the Courtyard for the Gentiles should be not merely a forum for polite exchanges but a means of prodding non-believers to consider religious faith.

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