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Coordinate plans with parishes, Pope asks lay movements

March 07, 2014

Pope Francis encouraged coordination between lay activists and local parishes, in a message to a conference on the work of lay movements in the city.

Every baptized Christian is “inseparably a disciple and a missionary,” the Pope said, strongly encouraging lay groups to “work for the social inclusion of the poor” and the welfare of others in the city. He cautioned, however, that “it is important that parishes and lay movements not counter each other.”

To define their role in the city, the Pope suggested that lay movements could refer to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which he described as a “complete and precious tool” the could serve as a “compass” to guide programs.


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