Vatican City, Dec 6, 2019 / 07:58 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis spoke Friday about how the Gospel message must be based in concrete reality, through which Christ himself communicates to the world.
“Listening is letting ourselves be struck by reality,” the pope said at the Vatican Dec. 6, in an address to staff of the Jesuit Italian-language magazine Aggiornamenti Sociali.
“What is the response of a Christian?” he said: “Having a dialogue with that reality starting from the values of the Gospel, from the things that Jesus taught us, without imposing them dogmatically, but with dialogue and discernment.”
Francis pointed to what he characterized as a return to populist ideology in Europe, similar to those ideologies which led to the Second World War.
Why is this happening? he asked. “Because you do not listen to reality as it is. There is a projection of what I want to be done, what I want to think about...”