Pope Francis to Italian bishops: Bring hope!

“Being pastors also means to be ready to walk in the midst of and behind the flock . . . incline ourselves toward those the Lord has entrusted to our care . . . careful to raise up, to reassure, and inspire hope.” Pope Francis made this affirmation yesterday afternoon in the Basilica of Saint Peter, during the Profession of Faith of the Italian Episcopate. Before the Pope’s homily, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, welcomed the Holy Father, recalling how the path of each diocese is marked by the proclamation of the Gospel and the witness of charity. Pope Francis replied by exhorting the Italian bishops to engage in dialogue with cultural, social, and politica …

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