Pope Francis added that there is actually a need for slowness and calmness – for repose.
"Is the Church herself caught up in the frantic pursuit of efficiency?"
In light of all that, the Pope looked at the challenges facing the Church in Brazil, noting the priority of formation; collegiality and solidarity in the bishops' conference; a permanent state of mission and pastoral conversion; the Church in society; and the importance of the Amazon Basin.
He said the first priority is to train priests who are "capable of warming people's hearts, of walking with them in the night, of dialoguing with their hopes and disappointments, of mending their brokenness."
Minister must be formed, the Pope taught, to be able to accompany people through darkness and hurt in their lives without themselves being "overcome by the darkness."
He also addressed the importance of collegiality across the nation, saying that there must not be "unanimity, but true unity in the richness of diversity," with "a greater appreciation of local and regional elements."
Pope Francis said the Church must rediscover "the maternal womb of mercy," without which "we have little chance … of becoming part of a world of 'wounded' persons" in need of forgiveness and love.
He added that the family is essential to the Church and advised, "let us not reduce the involvement of women in the Church, but instead promote their active role in the ecclesial community."
The Church has a responsibility to society, the Pope said, to offer its understanding of humanity to address issues of education, health, and social harmony.
He also stressed that the Amazon Basin should be a place of mission and be made a "garden" rather than a place which is "indiscriminately exploited."
Pope Francis concluded by encouraging the bishops in hope, and reminding them that "the Church is never uniformity, but diversities harmonized in unity."
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