Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, Pope tells youth

Pope Francis addresses participants of the youth conference in Monterrey, Mexico, on evangelisation in the digital age (CNS/Vatican Media)

Christians must never give in to fear when evangelising, especially when reaching out to those in need in the digital space, Pope Francis has told a youth conference. Source: NCR Online.

“Do not be afraid to make mistakes,” the Pope said in a video message sent on Saturday to participants of Hechos 29, a youth conference in Monterrey, Mexico, on evangelisation in the digital age.

“I never tire of repeating that I prefer a Church that is wounded because it goes out to the existential peripheries of the world, rather than a Church that is sick because it remains closed up in its own little securities,” Francis said.

According to its website, the August 5-6 conference is “an international meeting of digital evangelisers that seeks to awaken in all participants (the desire) to become and to build up the Church”.

In his message, the Pope emphasised the need to “find new ways to proclaim the heart of the Gospel to those who have not yet encountered Christ”.

Modern-day evangelisers, he said, must use “pastoral creativity to reach people where they live, not waiting for them to come, but where they live, discovering opportunities for listening, dialogue and encounter”.

“The Lord knocks on the door to enter within us, but how often does he knock on the door from the inside, so that we may let him out,” the Pope said.

Francis encouraged the young evangelisers to carry out their mission and to be good Samaritans in the digital space, “so that contemporary culture can know God by feeling him within you”.


Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, Pope tells young people (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via NCR Online

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