Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "In the effort of the requalification of the style of missionary service, it will be necessary to favor certain significant elements, such as the sensitivity to the inculturation of the Gospel, and the choice of simple and poor forms of presence among the people. Special attention is due to the dialogue with Islam, commitment to the promotion of the dignity of women and family values , and sensitivity to the issues of justice and peace". This is what Pope Francis said to the Consulata Missionaries who were gathered for their General Chapter yesterday.
The Holy Father greeted all the Consulata missionaries who "often operate in difficult conditions in different continents" encouraging them "to continue with generous fidelity in their ad gentes mission". On the occasion of the General Chapter, the Pope urged them to carry out a careful discernment on the situation of the peoples among whom you perform your evangelizing work: "Never tire of bringing comfort to populations who are often marked by great poverty and acute suffering, as in much of Africa and Latin America as an example. Let yourselves be continually challenged by the concrete realities with which you come in contact and seek to offer in appropriate ways the witness of charity that the Spirit infuses in your hearts".
After recalling the missionaries "who loved the Gospel of Charity more than themselves and carried out their missionary service with the sacrifice of life", the Pope emphasized the importance of communion with God to pursue this peculiar mission in the Church: "we should consider first of all this priority of the gratuitious and merciful love of God, and to feel our commitment experiencing our effort as a response". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 6/6/2017)