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In his reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis created the new Dicastery in 2016. The 13-16 November plenary assembly on the theme, “The Lay Faithful, Identity and Mission in the World,” is the first since the Dicastery was created.
In the first place, the Pope urged the participants to make the heart of the Church their own. Taking on the perspective of Mother-Church, the Pope said, involves moving from a local to a universal perspective, feeling in a Catholic, universal way, looking at the whole Church and the world.
Mother - Pope - Church - Harmony - Children
As a true mother, the Pope explained, the Church desires harmony among all her children without favouring anyone. Therefore, it is important to always propose positive models of collaboration among the various sectors of the Church, avoiding sterile contrasts and antagonisms and always encouraging fraternal collaboration for the common good of the one family which is the Church.
The Church also desires to help her children mature to adulthood, boldly putting their talents at the service of new missions in society, in culture and in politics amid the challenges of the contemporary world.
Attitude - Pope - Francis - Dicastery - Gaze
Another attitude that Pope Francis suggested to the Dicastery is to have a brotherly gaze. This is an attitude of thinking and acting like "brothers in the faith" that is born of a personal encounter with God, which is nourished by the Sacraments.
As "brothers in the faith", the Pope pointed out, their formation of the laity cannot focus exclusively on doing. They need to have a life of prayer, a daily and familiar conversation with God.
Order - Faithful - Brothers - Dicastery - Awareness
In order to make the faithful feel “as brothers”, the Dicastery needs to increase in them the awareness of being witnesses of Christ in private life and in society, almost "visible signs" of the presence...
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