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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

Catholic NGOs can boost efforts with formation, pope says

Pope Francis encouraged Catholic-inspired service, justice, development and volunteer organisations to promote the adequate formation of their members, to use creativity when resources are lacking and co-ordinate joint efforts with others.

“The world today needs renewed daring and fresh imagination in order to open more avenues of dialogue and co-operation, 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 on 7th December during an audience at the Vatican with people taking part in a world forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs. The forum, held from 5th to 7th December in Rome, was centred 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 organisations co-operating on the international level.
Their work requires adequate formation for its members, the proper means necessary to fulfil their mission and teamwork, he said.

Picture: Pope Francis meets at the Vatican on 7th December 2019, with participants in a global forum of representatives of Catholic-inspired nongovernmental organisations. The pope encouraged the service, justice, development and volunteer organisations to attend to the formation of their members, be creative when resources are scarce and, especially, to work together. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).