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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON POPE FRANCIS
(Part 36)

THE LAITY IN THE CHURCH’S MISSION

March 8, 2014

Once again, Pope Francis affirms our direction in CFC-FFL, as we respond to the call to the New Evangelization.

First, we are working for the social inclusion of the poor. Our No One in Need (NONe) movement is a major and vital component of our life and mission today. In this work, as Pope Francis directs, we are giving priority attention to religious and spiritual needs. While we also build homes and look to other material needs such as health, education, livelihood, community building and the environment, our major focus is on spiritual renewal in communities of the poor.

Second, we are maintaining a vital link with local parishes. Aside from the varied services we do in our parishes, our major work of evangelization, LCSC, is a parish-based and parish-owned work. We have already discovered the right balance between being an autonomous lay association and being intimately inserted in the life and mission of parishes. Our work does not counter but rather enhances and synergizes with the work of parishes. Rather than being uprooted from the parishes, we are deeply rooted in the life and mission of the parishes.

In fact, the above two are reflected in two of our seven Core Values, that of having a preferential option for the poor, and that of being a servant to the Church. We can say that we as a lay association are truly protagonists in the Church’s mission.

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Pope Francis: laity are 'protagonists' in Church's mission

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a message Friday evening to the participants at a conference in Rome on the laity, urging them to work for the social inclusion of the poor and calling on lay movements to maintain a vital link with their local parishes.

The March 7-8 conference, held at the Pontifical Lateran University, was organized under the theme, “The Mission of Lay Christians in the City”.

In his message, the Pope cited the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and underlined that the lay faithful, in virtue of their baptism, “are protagonists in the work of evangelization and human promotion”.

“Incorporated in the Church, each member of the People of God is inseparably a disciple and a missionary. We must always start again from this foundation, common to all of us, children of Mother Church,” he said.

As a consequence of this common belonging to the Church and to participation in its mission, it is important that parishes and lay movements do not counter each other, he said.

Lay movements in their dynamism are a resource for the Church, he said. However, they must also maintain a vital link to the diocese and to parishes, so as not to develop a partial reading of the Gospel or to uproot themselves from the Church, he added.

In view of the laity’s “mission in the city”, with its complex social and political issues, he urged participants to use regularly the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which he called a “complete and precious tool”.

“With the help of this ‘compass’, I encourage you to work for the social inclusion of the poor”, maintaining always priority attention to religious and spiritual needs.

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