Vatican City, Jan 24, 2016 / 06:15 am
Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church.
“Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all the baptized in the Church,” the Pope said Jan. 24 to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square. “To be a Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing.”
“What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free them from oppression, and all this in the name and with the Spirit of Christ, because he is the Gospel of God, he is the mercy of God, and he is the liberation of God.”
“It is he who has made himself poor to enrich us with his poverty,” the pontiff said.
Speaking from the Papal Palace to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square, Pope Francis centered his pre-Angelus reflection on the day's Gospel reading which recounts Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth.
The pontiff noted how Luke's account first summarized Jesus' “work of evangelization” before his return to Nazareth.
The Pope noted how Jesus is unlike other teachers of the time. Rather than opening “a school for the study of the Law,” he instead “goes around preaching and teaching everywhere.”