Friday, May 11, 2007

Pope in Brazil, mission

Fr. Z posted "The Pope’s talk in the Cathedral of São Paolo" from which I've extracted the following: (emphasis from Fr. Z)

We Bishops have come together to manifest this central truth, since we are directly bound to Christ, the Good Shepherd. The mission entrusted to us as teachers of the faith consists in recalling, in the words of the Apostle of the Gentiles, that our Saviour "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim 2:4). This, and nothing else, is the purpose of the Church: the salvation of individual souls.

This is a srong, beautiful address. Lest you think from these few words that he is advocating a line of ignoring the needs of the suffering, read the whole thing!

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