VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis encouraged Catholic-inspired service, justice, development and volunteer organizations to promote the adequate formation of their members, to use creativity when resources are lacking and coordinate joint efforts with others.
“The world today needs renewed daring and fresh imagination in order to open more avenues of dialogue and cooperation, to promote a culture of encounter where human dignity, according to God’s creative plan, may be at the heart” of all efforts, he said.
The pope spoke Dec. 7 during an audience at the Vatican with people taking part in a world forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs. The forum, held Dec. 5-7 in Rome, was centered on the theme, “Toward a More Inclusive Society.”
The pope thanked participants for their concrete efforts and attention to those who are vulnerable as part of making the world one “common home” and he underlined the importance of Catholic organizations cooperating on the international level.
Their work requires adequate formation for its members, the proper means necessary to fulfill their mission and teamwork, he said.
Pope Francis said they must be well acquainted with the church’s social doctrine, which offers “the framework of church principles adequate for best serving humanity,” and for being able to “translate it in your projects.”
He also encouraged them “to grow, even more, in professional skills and your ecclesial identity.”
It is important to have the “material resources necessary” to fulfill their mission, but he said they should not be discouraged when they are lacking.
“The church has always done great works with poor means,” he said, since so much also comes from God’s gifts and graces.
“Sometimes an excess of material means for carrying out a project is counterproductive because it deadens creativity,” he said.
Worse yet, there is an actual “sickness” in some institutions when an abundance of resources has led to the creation of too many administrative positions or to a large percentage of funding going to administrative costs and not where it needs to go, he said.
The pope encouraged groups to work together where possible and collaborate more since “the journey together” to serve the common good is a natural part of what it means to be a church.
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103