Austin Ivereigh: Pope Francis on Missionary Conversion

Austin Ivereigh: Pope Francis on Missionary Conversion

Pope Francis’ evangelisation strategy is born from the analysis of the modern world made by the Latin-American Church at its historic 2007 gathering in Aparecida, Brazil, when it called for a “pastoral and missionary conversion” in response to what it called a “change of era”. At the heart of the document is understanding the current moment as a time of flux, in which technology-driven changes (liquidity, globalisation) are eroding structures and institutions. Aparecida – whose main author was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis – called for a change in attitude and mindset on the part of the Church, which he summarises in two words: Vicinanza (closeness) and concretezza (concreteness).

Souce: ICN

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