‘Origins’ focuses on pope’s Brazil trip

Origins, the CNS Documentary Service, this week has three texts from Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Brazil:

  • In a wide-ranging and widely quoted address opening a conference of Latin American and Caribbean bishops, the pope discusses Christianity’s encounter with indigenous cultures, globalization, the failures of Marxism and capitalism, poverty, and the link between social needs and religious renewal as he underlines the central theme of his papacy: “the unique and irreplaceable importance of Christ for us, for humanity.” (Subscribers: click here)
  • The pope urges young people gathered in a Sao Paulo stadium to be “apostles of youth,” sharing generously the hope and joy they derive from their faith with peers who seek to mask their fears — of death, of failure or of a lack of meaning in their lives — with violence, drugs or excessive ambition for wealth and power. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The pope encourages the 446 Brazilian bishops — the world’s largest episcopate — to make outreach to fallen away Catholics and the unchurched a priority, sending missionaries door to door to preach the Gospel and, where necessary, to meet the material needs of the people they encounter, whose faith may be “weak, confused, easily shaken and naive despite their innate religiosity” due to an incomplete evangelization. (Subscribers: click here)
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