Pope Reaches Out to 'Indifferent' Catholics

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 02:13 AM

 

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

Francis made the comments after he celebrated Epiphany, a major Catholic feast day that recalls the visit to the infant Jesus Christ by three kings.

"I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord calls you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!" Francis said.

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"The Lord doesn't proselytize, he gives love and this love looks for you, waits for you — for you who don't believe or have drifted away. This is the love of God," the Pope said.

Francis has made a priority of reaching out to atheists and Catholics marginalized by their church, particularly gays.

He has tasked priests, bishops, and cardinals with going out to preach on the margins of society and not wait for the faithful to come back to the church.

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