· Pope Francis' message to Basic Ecclesial Communities in Brazil ·
Pope Francis called upon the participants in the 13th Intereclesial Meeting of the Basic Ecclesial Communities in Brazil to witness and proclaim the prophecy of “a new heavens and a new earth” to the poor.
The meeting, which has taken the theme “Justice and prophecy at the service of life”, is being held in Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil until 11 January.
In his message Pope Francis wrote: “Dear friends, evangelization is the duty of the whole Church, of the whole people of God: we must all be pilgrims, both in the countryside and the city, bringing the joy of the Gospel to every man and woman. I wish from the depths of my heart that the words of St Paul, 'Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel' (1 Cor 9:16), might resound in the heart of each of you! Therefore, entrusting the work and the participants of the 13th Intereclesial Meeting of the Basic Ecclesial Communities to the protection of Our Lady of Aparecida, I invite everyone to experience it as an encounter of faith and of mission”.
St. Peter’s Square
June 16, 2019
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