Evangelizing is not proselytizing said Pope Francis at Mass this morning, taking a cue from the Gospel episode of St. Paul’s response to the philosophers of ancient Greece. He said Paul teaches us this journey of evangelization, because Jesus did, because he is well aware that evangelization is not proselytizing: it is because he is sure of Jesus Christ and does not need to justify himself [or] to seek reasons to justify himself. When the Church loses this apostolic courage, she becomes a stalled Church, a tidy Church a nice, a Church that is nice to look at, but that is without fertility, because she has lost the courage to go to the outskirts, where there are many people who are victims of idolatry, …
Pope Francis: the courage to evangelize
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