Pope Francis: The Church comes from God

Pope Francis at the general audience today began a series of reflections on the mystery of the Church, starting with the theme of the Church as Family of God. The Church, the Pope said, comes from God’s desire to call all people into fellowship with him, to move away from individualism, and the tendency to withdraw into themselves. He calls us to be a part of his family. The whole history of salvation is the story of God seeking man, offering him her love, welcoming him. Even today, someone will say, “Christ yes, the Church no”. But it is the Church that leads us to Christ and to God. The Church is the great family of God’s children. Of course it also has human aspects, in those who are part of it , …

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