Vatican City, Oct 14, 2020 / 06:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis called for the laity to “take a step forward” in carrying out the Church’s mission of evangelization in a preface to a book written by an Italian bishop.
“The time is now. The mission of the laity is not a privilege of a few and it involves total dedication,” Pope Francis wrote in the foreword to the recently published book “Symphony of Ministries: A renewed presence of laity in the Church,” by Bishop Fabio Fabene.
“The laity themselves are asked to be joyful in self-giving and prayer, to grow and to operate within the Christian community to share and support their journey, the mutual exchange of gifts aroused by the Holy Spirit,” the pope said.
Pope Francis stressed the importance of “the co-responsibility of the laity in the building up of the Church,” as highlighted in St. John Paul II’s 1988 exhortation “Christifideles laici.”
“If the heart of the priest’s identity lies in consecrating the Eucharistic bread, the center of the lay mission consists in consecrating the world according to God’s plan,” Pope Francis wrote.