Reforms aim to show 'true face of the Church,' says Vatican official
Reforms aim to show 'true face of the Church,' says Vatican official

.- Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the Gospel to all people, said Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

“It’s very easy to work with Pope Bergoglio. There is a lot of agreement, and this is great hope for the future,” Archbishop Parolin said.

He emphasized the Holy Father's desire for reforms that “show the true face of the Church,” Vatican Radio reported.

Archbishop Parolin made his statements during the presentation of the book, “My Door is Always Open,” by Father Antonio Spadaro, which includes a more complete version of the conversation the Holy Father had with the director of the Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica.

It is true that Church “structures must be renewed in order that they reflect the Gospel more and more and become even more effective in the concrete exercise of the service they should provide,” the archbishop reflected.

However, he continued, it is even more important, “as the Pope is asking us, that we all work towards personal renewal – to use a Christian term, towards continual conversion.”

Likewise, Archbishop Parolin reiterated the missionary dimension and style of the Pope.

“I think the hope is that the Gospel can reach all people: this missionary dimension that has also been underscored today, which is fundamental in the words and in the style of Pope Francis,” he explained.

“The conference of the Latin American and Caribbean bishops at Aparecida in 2007 underscored precisely this missionary dimension of the Church, the need to go to the peripheries, to reach everyone, to bring the treasure of the joy of the Gospel to all,” he said.

“This is also very beautiful and is the dominant tone of Evangelii Gaudium. Thus the Gospel is joy and we are called to bring joy to the word by bringing this Good News.”

Tags: Vatican, Reform

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: