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East Timor bishops meet with Pope as ad limina visits conclude

March 17, 2014

Pope Francis met on March 17 with the bishops of East Timor, who were making their ad limina visits to Rome.

In a written message that he presented to the bishops, the Pope observed that the Church asks nothing of society other than the freedom to preach the Gospel. He urged the bishops, “do not be afraid to make this contribution to the Church for the good of all society.” He suggested that in a world that stands in need of love and forgiveness, the Church promises a “revolution of tenderness.”

The challenge for bishops, the Pope said, is not to create a “specialized form of evangelization,” but to make “each Christian an agent of evangelization.” He said that priests should be ahead of their faithful as leaders, beside them as unifiers, and behind them to ensure that no one strays or is forgotten.


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