- Oct 23, 2020
Christians are called to witness to the Holy Spirit who can renew and heal a world suffering in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis Sunday closed a marathon of activities and messages over the weekend with a livestreamed Mass on the feast of Pentecost, insisting that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God that unites, and for whom distinctions such as “conservative” or “progressive” have no meaning.
Of the 184 voting members of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, including cardinals, archbishops and bishops, and priests and religious, 98 are members of religious orders, representing 53 percent.
“The meekness that the Holy Spirit give us makes us witnesses, because the path of the Holy Spirit isn’t proselytism, it’s witness,” Francis told a charismatic group Saturday. “If someone comes to proselytize, that’s not the Church, it’s a sect.”
About 350 young adults attended the national gathering of Singles for Christ.
Vietnam’s bishops have warned that popular religious and magical practices can cause “anxiety to the faithful and disorder in faith communities,” and insisted that Church discipline and norms on the liturgy must be obeyed.