· The Pope asks the bishops of the Republic of the Congo to be models of reconciliation ·
“Continue to be models and prophets” with the mission of “reconciling hearts, drawing divided communities together and building renewed fraternity anchored in forgiveness and solidarity”. Pope Francis called the bishops of the Republic of the Congo to this on Monday morning, 4 May. The bishops were visiting the Vatican for their 'ad limina visit'. Recalling “the wounds caused by the serious crisis” which struck the country in the late 1990s, the Pontiff called the prelates to manifest ecclesial communion in concrete ways. “It's important”, he said, “that you can, with one voice, use strong words inspired by the Gospel to guide and enlighten your fellow citizens in every aspect of community life, in difficult moments for the nation or when the circumstances require it”. And in that respect, the Pope noted that the episcopate's efforts in view of an ever greater plan, must continue “so that unity in diversity is one of the central characteristics and together with the needs of the Church”. This cohesion, he noted, “not only will allow you always to defend the common good and also the good of the Church in any circumstance, but will also support your efforts in working with the many pastoral challenges", including the proliferation of sects, the Pope note.
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