The pope’s message poses a sharp challenge to a movement known more for personal conversion and evangelization than practical mercy.
Writing to priests in Rome and across the world, Pope Francis offered encouragement but warned against the ‘temptation’ to ignore the wounds of the pandemic. America correspondent Gerry O’Connell reports from the Vatican.
The pope also announced plans to canonize Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Maria Domenica Mantovani.
“One thing is certain,” Pope Francis writes. “Unity is not chiefly the result of our activity, but a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet, unity will not come about as a miracle at the very end. Rather, unity comes about in journeying.”
Father Nicolás “was not the kind of leader who says, ‘I am the one who knows everything.’ He really trusted in people, and he listened.”
The church’s mission “is the work of the Holy Spirit and not the consequence of our ideas and projects,” the pope said.