Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter 4, The Social Dimension of Evangelization

“…The church has made an option for the poor which is understood as a ‘special form of primacy in the exercise of Christian charity, to which the whole tradition of the church bears witness.’

This option – as Benedict XVI has taught – ‘is implicit in our Christian faith in a God who became poor for us, so as to enrich us with his poverty.’ This is why I want a church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. Not only do that share in the ‘sensus dei’, but in their difficulties they know the suffering Christ. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them. The new evangelization is an invitation to acknowledge the saving power at work in their lives and to put them in the center of the church’s pilgrim way. We are called to  find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”


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