2015-09-05 12:15:00

Pope Francis meets with Parish Cell movement

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis greeted an estimated 5000 members of the Parish Evangelizing Cell movement on Saturday in the Paul the VI Hall

Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s report

Parish Evangelizing Cells was founded in South Korea by the Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho with the aim of promoting the spirit of evangelization.

This system has flourished in many countries including the United States, Italy, Ireland and Australia.

In his remarks to those present in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis on Saturday spoke about the importance of being a missionary and said above all this requires listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit who is at the heart of evangelization.

He also underlined how their daily work helps the parish community become a family, where, the Pope said, “we find the rich and multifaceted reality of the Church”, and where  no one is judged.

He also added, that sharing time together, such as in the home “is a genuine experience of evangelization that is very similar to what happened in the early days of the Church.”

Finally, the Holy Father encouraged the group present to make the Eucharist the heart of their mission of evangelization, so that each cell is a Eucharistic community “where the breaking of the bread is to recognize the real presence of Jesus Christ in our midst.”


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