EG 257-258: The Social Message is Inescapable

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the important relationship between Christians and those outside of religious faith who share convictions for various human endeavors:

257. As believers, we also feel close to those who do not consider themselves part of any religious tradition, yet sincerely seek the truth, goodness and beauty which we believe have their highest expression and source in God. We consider them as precious allies in the commitment to defending human dignity, in building peaceful coexistence between peoples and in protecting creation. A special place of encounter is offered by new Areopagi such as the Court of the Gentiles, where “believers and non-believers are able to engage in dialogue about fundamental issues of ethics, art and science, and about the search for transcendence”.[Cf. Propositio 55] This too is a path to peace in our troubled world.

258. Starting from certain social issues of great importance for the future of humanity, I have tried to make explicit once again the inescapable social dimension of the Gospel message and to encourage all Christians to demonstrate it by their words, attitudes and deeds.

This concludes chapter four on “The Social Dimension of Evangelization.” Startign tomorrow, we’ll look, with Pope Francis, at “Spirit-filled Evangelizers.” Whom do you suppose he has in mind?

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