Thursday, January 23, 2014

Revisiting Pope Francis

On 23 January evening, Fr Joseph Mattam, professor emeritus, Gujarat Vidya Deep, had a discourse session on `Capturing the Essence: Pope Francis in Evangelii Gandium and the interview to La Civilta Cattolica, at Premal Jyoti, Ahmedabad. In a nutshell, it was a revisit to Pope Francis` all points regarding the Church, said in around 50000 words and condensed to 4000 words by Fr Joe. He highlighted the essential views of the pope,  such as his ideology, the challenges before the Church, clericism, proclamation of the Gospel, new evangelization, the Church`s role to heal the wounds of the faithful and the importance of women in the Church. Fr Joe added some of his own comments as well. Thus, it was a privileged moment for all of us to know the pope’s mind and get inspired to walk with the pope and to think with the Church. Finally, we all had acquired something new from the session to carry on and to spread to the people. (Sch Amul)

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