09 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Parishes at the service of the mission

Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society.[1]

They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others.

And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith.[2]

The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message.[3]

Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.[4]

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[1] Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis.

[2] Address of Pope Francis to participants in Rome’s Diocesan Conference, June 16th Rome.

[3] Apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of the Holy Father Francis.

[4] Universal Prayer Intention of the Holy Father entrusted to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. September 2017.


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