Nagasaki, Japan, Nov 23, 2019 / 23:30 pm America/Denver (CNA).
On the Feast of Christ the King Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to not be indifferent to evil, but to bear witness to hope and to the kingdom of God still to come.
“If, as missionary disciples, our mission is to be witnesses and heralds of things to come, we cannot become resigned in the face of evil in any of its forms,” he said Nov. 24, at Mass in a baseball stadium in Nagasaki, Japan.
“Rather, we are called to be a leaven of Christ’s Kingdom wherever we find ourselves: in the family, at work or in society at large,” he said. “We are to be a little opening through which the Spirit continues to breathe hope among peoples.”
Catholics, Francis added, have a common goal: The kingdom of heaven -- “a goal that cannot be only about tomorrow.”
“We have to implore it and begin to experience it today, amid the indifference that so often surrounds and silences the sick and disabled, the elderly and the abandoned, refugees and immigrant workers.”