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Lay Catholics should be involved in politics, Pope says

April 30, 2015

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“If Christians dissociate themselves from direct involvement in politics, it would be a betrayal of the mission of the lay faithful,” Pope Francis insisted in a message to a group of Italian Catholic lay activists.

In his April 30 remarks to members of the Community of Christian Life and the Student Missionary League, the Holy Father strongly encouraged political involvement. “Faced with a culture of illegality, corruption and confrontation, you are called to devote yourselves to the common good, also through service to those linked to politics,” he said.

The Pope also urged the lay groups to be involved in pastoral ministry, in service to those in need, and in efforts to reach out to Catholics who have “drifted away” from the faith.

 


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  • Posted by: unum - May. 01, 2015 10:27 AM ET USA

    It would be wonderful to hear some follow-up to the Holy Father's remarks from local pulpits. In fact, it would be wonderful to hear anything about Catholic action on real world problems from the local pulpit other than reminders of fund drives for charitable causes. The Catholic laity does not understand that Christ called them to action as well as piety and study because the Church no longer teaches Christian action in its parishes!