Vatican City, Jun 5, 2017 / 14:47 pm
Pope Francis on Monday challenged the Consolata Missionaries to give a "new impetus" to their missions work, including by inculturation of the Gospel, promoting family values, and dialogue with Islam.
"It will be above all your apostolic fervour that will sustain the Christian communities entrusted to you, especially those that have been recently founded," the Pope said June 5 to the Consolata Missionaries who were gathered at Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.
"In the effort of the re-qualification of the style of missionary service, it will be necessary to favour certain significant elements, such as sensitivity to inculturation of the Gospel, and the choice of simple and poor forms of presence among the people. Special attention is due to dialogue with Islam, commitment to the promotion of the dignity of women and family values, and sensitivity to the themes of justice and peace."
The Consolata Missionaries are a community of religious priests and sisters consecrated to God for the evangelization of peoples, especially wherever the Gospel is not yet known. The communities, founded by the Blessed Giuseppe Allamano in 1901, are holding their 13th General Chapter in Rome this month.