THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
ROLE AND SERVICE OF THE LAITY IN THE CHURCH
Pope Francis, in addressing the CVX and the SML, stressed
the proper role and service of the laity within the Church.
He emphasized various elements, which are exactly the elements
of our life and work.
First, “promoting a culture of justice and peace.”
This is our work with the poor. One of our 7 Core Values is
“Living a Preferential Option for the Poor.” Our
work with the poor is done through the No One in Need (NONe)
Second, “family pastoral ministry.” This is our
basic thrust of family renewal. Our call is to renew the family
and to defend life. This is done through the work of our Family
Ministries, providing formation, care and support to kids,
youth, singles, couples, widow or widowers, those separated
Third, “working with those who have drifted away from
the Church.” This is our basic work of evangelization.
One of our 7 Core Values is “Being Evangelistic and
Missionary.” Just like our Mother Church, we exist for
mission. Our evangelization is to be rapid, massive and worldwide.
We especially look for the lost sheep, the lapsed Catholics,
through the Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) movement.
Further, “attention to missionary life.” We have
130 full-time workers, many of them pastoral workers, in different
countries. We have sent out many missionaries. There would
be very much more if we had the needed finances.
Fourth, “the youth.” We have a very vibrant youth
ministry. In particular, we have been rigorously proclaiming
the gospel of purity through the Live Pure Movement, reaching
hundreds of thousands of young people.
Finally, “Pope Francis invoked the Virgin Mary.”
We consecrated ourselves to Mother Mary in 2007, and look
to her guidance and intercession for our life and work.
We are and have been on the right track. Onward to the New
Pope to Community of Christian Life: 'Devote
Yourselves to the Common Good'
with Ignatian Movement Ahead of May 3rd Conference in Frascati
May 01, 2015 (Zenit.org) - On Thursday, Pope Francis met with
the Community of Christian Life (CVX) and the Student Missionary
League, for the inauguration of the National Conference of
the two Italian groups, based on Ignatian spirituality.
Conference, which will take place on May 3rd in the Italian
city of Frascati, has as it’s theme: “Beyond the
his address, the Holy Father recalled to those present that
he knows the CVX very well, as he was the national assistant
in Argentina in the 1970s. The movement, he said, is rooted
with the Marian Congregations, who in turn “arrived
during the first generation of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s
Pope noted that the CVX anticipated the Second Vatican Council,
saying that they highlighted the
role and service of the laity within the Church.
Holy Father set aside his prepared remarks to the movement’s
members, preferring to giving them copies. In his prepared
remarks, the Pope offered three reflections for their upcoming
he addressed the challenge of promoting
a culture of justice and peace. “Faced
with a culture of illegality, corruption and confrontation,
you are called to devote yourselves to the
common good, also through service to those
linked to politics,” he wrote.
he offered was on family pastoral
ministry. Following the last Synod of Bishops,
the Pope encouraged them “to help diocesan communities
in their care for families” as well as “accompanying
couples as they prepare for marriage.”
Holy Father also emphasized the importance of working with
those who have “drifted away” from the Church:
among them there are many separated couples, “who suffer
as a result of the failure of their plans for married life”,
and also other difficult family situations.
he turns his attention to missionary
life, and encouraged them to maintain their
capacity to “go out towards
the frontiers of humanity at its neediest”.
Pope mentions the members of communities present in Syria,
Lebanon and plans for the reception of immigrants in Sicily,
and reminds them that, “in this luminous and fruitful
apostolic style, you too can be active in inspiring the various
educational institutions in Italy, Catholic and state-managed,
as in other parts of the world”.
out his address, the 78 year old Pontiff reminded those present
that “St. Ignatius understood that in order to renew
society, the youth
needed to be the starting point and for that reason, he boosted
the opening of colleges, where the first Marian Congregations
the basis of this pastoral action - the Pope continued - there
is always the joy of the evangelical witness, combined with
the delicacy of closeness and respect for the other.”
his address, Pope Francis invoked
the Virgin Mary, “who with her Yes inspired
your founders, may She help you to respond without reservations
to the vocation of being ‘light and salt’ in the
environments in which one lives and works.”