- May 27, 2020
A person who claims to preach the Gospel by convincing people of their beliefs in Jesus is not evangelizing, but proselytizing, Pope Francis said.
“There always is the schismatic option in the Church,” Francis said. “It’s a choice that the Lord leaves to human freedom. I am not afraid of schism … I pray for them not to happen, as the spiritual health of many people is at stake.”
On the second day of his overnight trip to Morocco, Pope Francis kicked off the day calling priests and religious to dialogue but not proselytism.
Four separate incidents of violence and intimidation around Christmas time illustrates that India’s powerful militant Hindu nationalist movements continue to make life increasingly difficult for the country’s Christian minority.
In a wide-ranging interview with Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops, Pope Francis addressed criticism over his ecumenical efforts, saying he’s not bothered by it, but does distinguish among those who want to help and those who are simply hiding their own dissatisfaction.
In his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis said that Christians are called to follow the example of St. Therese of Lisieux and draw people to faith in Christ by the power of attraction, not through proselytism, and also reflected on his trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan.