Pope to Missionaries: Respect Culture

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Pope to Missionaries: Respect Culture


Vatican City - Pope Francis told members of a missionary movement Saturday they must respect local customs and bishops guidance while globally spreading the faith, saying the Catholic Churchs overall unity is more important than the details of their own practices. Francis held an audience with several thousand members of the Neocatechumenal Way, a community founded in Spain in the 1960s that seeks to train Catholic adults in their faith and is known for sending teams of large families out as missionaries around the globe. The group, whose growing membership is reported at around 1 million, is one of the so-called new religious movements in the church, emboldened by the Vaticans call for renewed evangelizing, but also criticized for divisive practices and alleged liturgical abuses that greatly concerned Pope Benedict XVI. Francis is less a liturgical purist than his predecessor, and has said he wants a missionary church that goes out to the peripheries of the world to spread the faith. But in his audience with the Neocatechumenals, Francis made clear the community still had issues that needed addressing. …

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