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Go out now, share the Gospel, get messy, pope tells Quebec bishops

Without waiting for some well-researched, detailed plan with action items and measurable goals, Catholics in Quebec must go out and share the Gospel, Pope Francis told the bishops of the province.

Meeting the 29 bishops of Quebec on 11th May, Pope Francis said, “You’ve got to go, and it’s going to be messy,” according to Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, former president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The two-hour meeting was the second the Quebec bishops had with Pope Francis during their ‘ad limina’ visit to Rome to pray at the tombs of the apostles and to discuss the situation of their dioceses with the pope and Vatican officials.

The Quebec bishops had also met with the pope for three hours on 5th May at an evening meeting that included the prefects or secretaries of the Vatican offices for bishops, clergy, religious, laity and family, Catholic education and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Francis hosted a similar meeting with curial officials and the bishops of Chile during their ‘ad limina’ visit in February.

Picture: Pope Francis meets with Canadian bishops from Quebec during their ‘ad limina’ visit to the Vatican on 11th May. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).