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

Lead people to certainty of Gospel, pope asks Dominicans

In an age that often seems to be a “carnival of worldly curiosity,” Christians are called to lead people to the solid ground of the Gospel like St Dominic did, Pope Francis said.

“We are moving in a so-called ‘liquid society,’ which is without fixed points, scattered, deprived of solid and stable reference points, a culture of the ephemeral, of the use-and-dispose,” the pope told members of the Dominican order.

At Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran, the pope celebrated Mass on 21st January with the Order of Preachers, founded 800 years ago, and with women religious and lay people who trace their spirituality to St Dominic.

In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on St Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy and its description of proclaiming the Gospel at a time when people were “always seeking new teachers, myths, different doctrines and ideologies.”

The situation today is even more exaggerated, the pope said, because of “the seduction of subjective relativism.”

Picture: Pope Francis celebrates a Mass marking the closing of the Dominican order’s 800th anniversary celebrations at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome on 21st January. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).