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With the ‘Missionary style’

· The Pope explains that evangelizers are not managers ·

“The messengers of the Kingdom of God” are not “omnipotent managers” nor “irreplaceable officials” or “celebrities on tour”. “The Teacher wants them to be free and light without crutches and without favours, strengthened only by his Word” as pilgrims whose only “equipment” is “the staff and sandals”. This is the description of the missionary outlined by Pope Francis at the Angelus of Sunday, 15 July in Saint Peter’s Square. Before the Marian prayer, the Pontiff had commented on the day’s Gospel passage (Mk 6:7-13) which “narrates the moment Jesus sends the Twelve on mission”, identifying a kind of “missionary style”. He stressed that “no Christian proclaims the Gospel ‘on their own’”, citing as examples some saints from the Diocese of Rome including Saint Philip Neri, Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, Saint Alessio, Blessed Ludovica Albertoni, Saint Frances of Rome and Saint Gaspare Del Bufalo. “They were not officials or business people but rather humble workers of the Kingdom”, Pope Francis observed.

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St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 20, 2018

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