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Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, Pope tells Quebec bishops

Publié le : 2017-05-12 a 00h00 | Catégorie : News

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Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, Pope tells Quebec bishops

The Quebec bishops also had met with the Pope for three hours May 5 at an evening meeting that included the prefects or secretaries of the Vatican offices for bishops, clergy, religious, laity and family, Catholic education and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Francis hosted a similar meeting with curial officials and the bishops of Chile during their ad limina visit in February.

VATICAN CITY – Without waiting for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals, Catholics in Quebec must go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis told the bishops of the province.

Meeting the 29 bishops of Quebec May 11, Pope Francis said, "You've got to go, and it's going to be messy," according to Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.              

The bishops have been in Italy almost three weeks because their two-week ad limina pilgrimage was preceded by a weeklong retreat. Although it has been 10 years since the bishops had made an ad limina, Archbishop Durocher said his "heart is torn" because so many people back home are suffering the effects of severe flooding.

Returning to the conversations with the Pope and Vatican officials, Archbishop Durocher told Catholic News Service that Quebec has gone from being "one of the most homogeneously Catholics societies to one of the most secularized societies."

Pope Francis "realizes we're not alone in that" and mentioned similar situations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and parts of Spain, the archbishop said.

Before the great changes in Quebec in the 1960s, he said, the Catholic Church and its religious orders operated almost all the schools and hospitals – there was not even a provincial government department of education. The church was "omnipresent and omni-invasive," the archbishop said.

 

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BY  CINDY WOODEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE/ May 11, 2017