Pope to Portuguese Bishops: clergy, laity partners in evangelization
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the bishops of Portugal on Monday, during the course of the bishops’ ad limina visits. In remarks prepared for the occasion and delivered in written form, the Holy Father encouraged the bishops, “To persevere in the commitment of a constant and methodical evangelization, convinced that a truly Christian formation of conscience is of extreme and indispensable importance to help social maturity, and to assure the true and balanced well-being of Portugal.”
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The Holy Father went on to discuss the challenge of reaching young people, especially, with the Gospel.
“The Church in Portugal needs young people capable of responding to the God who calls them,” he said. “Do not you want, dear brothers,” concluded Pope Francis, “for that Apostolic zeal or sense of initiative [necessary] to the obtaining of this, with the use of human endeavor linked to the efficacy of divine aid.