Vatican City, Nov 18, 2019 / 09:57 am
Having a lot of parish initiatives is not the best way to reach people on a deeper level, Pope Francis said Monday, adding that evangelization is about giving a witness to personal encounter with Christ.
"Our parishes are invaded by many initiatives, where often, however, it does not affect the lives of people in depth," he said Nov. 18 in the Vatican's Pope Paul VI hall.
Speaking to Catholics who take part in "parish cells," small, neighborhood-based prayer and study groups in Italy, he said, "you too are entrusted with the task of reviving, especially in this period, the life of our parish communities."
"This will be possible insofar as [parishes] become, above all, a place to listen to the Word of God and celebrate the mystery of his death and resurrection," he explained. "Only from here can we think that the work of evangelization becomes effective and fruitful, capable of bearing fruit."