Baltimore, Md., Nov 15, 2022 / 15:33 pm
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, reminded the U.S. bishops Tuesday at their semi-annual meeting of Pope Francis’ “closeness,” while giving them encouragement in a post-Roe world and exhorting them to a life of evangelization.
“I greet you in the name of Pope Francis, assuring you of his closeness, fraternal support, and prayers as you gather for this Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference,” Pierre said at the U.S. bishops’ conference in Baltimore at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.
Citing an address of Pope Francis, then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Pierre said: “When the Church does not go out of herself to evangelize, she becomes self-referential, and then she gets sick.”
Pierre then cited a passage from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and noted that “Pope Francis encouraged us to be a missionary Church that goes forth to announce the joyful message, more deeply committed to her mission than to maintenance of structures that may no longer adequately serve the mission.”