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Evangelize and promote the common good, Pope tell Greek bishops

February 05, 2015

Pope Francis received the Catholic bishops of Greece in audience on February 5 and emphasized the importance of evangelization, especially of the young, and promotion of the common good.

The Pope called for continued service to the needy and immigrants and a “spirit of solidarity,” rather than a “culture of pessimism,” in the face of the nation’s financial crisis. In a nation is only 1% Catholic, the Pope also called for continued “interpersonal dialogue with our Orthodox brethren.”

“The weakening of the family, also caused by the process of secularization, requires the commitment of the Church to persevere in programs of formation for marriage,” he added.

Noting that a “culture of waste” abandons the elderly, Pope Francis asked bishops never to “tire of emphasizing in word and deed that the presence and participation of older people in society is essential.”

 


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