Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

‘Be revolutionary,’ Pope Francis tells members of secular institutes

Catholic World News - May 12, 2014

Choosing not to deliver his prepared text, which he described as “boring,” Pope Francis challenged participants in a conference of Italian secular institutes to “be revolutionary.”

Pope Pius XII’s 1947 apostolic constitution Provida Mater Ecclesia, which provided a stable juridical discipline for secular institutes, was “a revolutionary act in the Church,” said Pope Francis.

“You live everyday life in the world, but at the same time preserve this contemplative dimension,” he said as he compared the members of secular institutes to yeast that leavens the institutions of society.

Pope Francis concluded by asking those assembled to pray for hope, to read Chapter 11 of the Letter to the Hebrews frequently, and “do not forget: be revolutionary!”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,796 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,203.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 17 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 19 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17