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If Church does not evangelise, it will decay, pope says

The Catholic Church must follow Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to every person, otherwise it will not fulfil its mission of bearing witness to Christ, Pope Francis said.

In an excerpt of a new book-length interview published on 4th November by Fides, news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the pope said the phrase he uses – “a Church on the move” – is not meant to be a “fashionable expression” but a summary of the Church’s mission.

“The Church is either on the move or she is not (the) Church. Either she evangelises or she is not (the) Church. If the Church is not on the move, she decays, she becomes something else,” he said.

The book, titled Without Him, We Can Do Nothing: a Conversation About Being Missionaries in Today’s World, is released in Italian bookstores today. It was written by Gianni Valente, a journalist for Fides.

Reflecting on evangelisation, the pope said that to evangelise means to deliver Christ’s teachings “in simple and precise words like the apostles did” without the need to “invent persuasive discourses”.

Picture: Pope Francis meets indigenous people from the Amazonian region during the second week of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican on 17th October 2019. In an excerpt of a new book-length interview published on 4th November, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must follow Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to every person, otherwise it will not fulfil its mission of bearing witness to Christ. (CNS photo/Vatican Media).