POPE FRANCIS: AUDIENCE, "IN THE CHURCH WE ARE ALL DISCIPLES AND MISSIONARIES"

"In the Church we are all disciples, always, throughout our whole lives, and we are all missionaries, each of us in the place that the Lord has given us": the Pope said this in his general audience catechesis today, focusing his remarks on the Sacrament of Baptism which "makes us members of the People of God who walk and pass on the faith". "The little ones are missionaries, and those who seem more experienced are disciples", the Pope added off-the-cuff, pointing out that "even the Bishops and the Pope must be disciples, because if they are not disciples, they cannot be missionaries, they cannot pass on the faith". "We are all disciples and missionaries", Pope Francis explained. According to the Pontiff, "just as life is passed on from generation to generation, so too grace is transmitted from generation to generation, and with this grace the Christian people walk throughout time, as a river that waters the earth and brings God’s blessing to the world". For the Pope, there is a "chain in the transmission of faith, and we are a link in this chain, always a step forward, like a river that waters the earth". "We have to pass on our faith to our children, because when they become adults, they will pass it on to their children", the Pope exhorted the faithful, always speaking off-the-cuff. ” “” “” “

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