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Vatican spokesman calls for charitable courage

Catholic World News - January 15, 2013

In his weekly editorial, the director of the Holy See Press Office said that Pope Benedict’s recent exhortation to new bishops to be courageous could be broadened to all who face the intolerance of “today’s regnant agnosticism.”

Such courage in the face of opposition, said Father Federico Lombardi, must be charitable. “No less significant is what the Pope further adds: ‘this courage or forcefulness does not consist in striking out or in acting aggressively, but rather in allowing oneself to be struck and to be steadfast before the principles of the prevalent way of thinking.’”

“Everything possible needs to be done in order to understand, from words as from actions, that what the Church seeks, in following the truth, is not to make its own interest or particular vision prevail, but the true good of each and every person,” Father Lombardi added. “Because God--and therefore the Church--loves all his creatures and wants them to live in fullness.”

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