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Guard against relativism in society, Pope asks Czech bishops

February 14, 2014

Meeting on February 14 with the bishops of the Czech Republic, Pope Francis encouraged them to provide sound preparation for the sacraments and to maintain “a vigilant and courageous openness to new impulses from the Holy Spirit.”

Noting that their country had long been “oppressed by regimes based on ideologies contrary to human dignity and freedom,” the Pope told the Czech bishops—who were completing their ad limina visits-- that “today you must face other more insidious difficulties, such as secularism and relativism.” He asked them to use every available opportunity for evangelization, to persevere in prayer, and to be especially mindful of the welfare of the family.

Pope Francis devoted a portion of his message to the material goods of the Church, reminding the Czech bishops that they are “destined exclusively for the spiritual mission of the Church.” He directed them to be careful that “ecclesiastical assets are administered with caution and transparency, so that they are protected and preserved, also with the help of trusted and competent lay faithful.”


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