Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pope Lauds Work of Lay Evangelists

In addition to promoting vocations to the priesthood, which have been increasing in recent years, the Church has responded to the phenomenon of sects through "delegates of the word of God."

At present, there are 30,000 in Honduras, a country of 7 million inhabitants, as much as 97% of whom are Catholic. The delegates are able to reach even the most inaccessible communities and are committed to a program of their own formation in the faith.
That was quoting Cardinal Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As in Latin America, so also in North America, I say! 30,000 catechists, formed to preach the Word of God? Wow. Would that we had even half as many! The Pope added:
Therefore, the lay faithful need to intensify their relationship with God and acquire a solid formation, especially in regard to the social doctrine of the Church. (Emphasis added)
As always, the presence of evangelical Christians ("sects") is a challenge to Catholics, as well as an encounter that can enrich and, hopefully, one that we can learn from.

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