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'Evangelize with love, carry to all the love of God,' Pope tells missionary families

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
February 3rd, 2014
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Encouraging missionary families to "evangelize with love," Pope Francis Pope held an audience with almost 8,000 people on Saturday. He encouraged them to spread the gospel with great charity.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Evangelize with love, carry to all the love of God. Tell everyone you meet on the streets of your mission (and) that God loves man as he is, even with his limitations, his mistakes and his sins," the Pope told members of the Neocatechumenal Way.

The Neocatechumenal Way is an organization dedicated to helping people grow in their faith through parish-based communities, including families, seminarians and priests. Nearly 30 cardinals and bishops were also present at the meeting.

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The pontiff thanked the participants for their "joy in faith" and "ardor of Christian testimony.

"My thoughts go in a special way to the families who will travel to different parts of the world to proclaim and give witness to the Gospel. The Church is grateful to you for your generosity! Thank you for all that you do in the Church and in the world!" he exclaimed.

Sending hundreds of families on missions throughout the world, particularly to countries in Asia such as China, India, and Vietnam, members of the Neocatechumenal Way waved flags and erupted in cheers as the names of their mission countries were announced.

The Pontiff then offered some words of advice to the new evangelicals. "Have the greatest care to build and conserve the internal communion of the particular Churches where you will go to work," he emphasized.

"The (Neocatechumenal) Way has its own charism, its own dynamic, a gift that like all the gifts of the Spirit has a profound ecclesial dimension. (but) at times it could be better not to live in all the details of what your journey would require, in order to ensure the unity amongst brethren that forms one ecclesial community, which you always must feel a part of."

The pope also said to take special attention of those who were less fortunate. "The Neocatechumenal Way, as a journey of discovery of one's Baptism is a difficult path, along which a brother or sister may find unexpected difficulties. In these cases, the exercise of patience and mercy on the part of the community is a sign of maturity in the faith."

A person's freedom must always be respected, he said.

"The freedom of each individual must not be forced, and you should also respect the eventual choice of those who decide to seek outside the Way, other forms of Christian life to help him grow in response to the call of the Lord."

Adding that "the Spirit of God always arrives prior to us!" Pope Francis added to be "messengers and witnesses to the infinite goodness and inexhaustible mercy of the Father."

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