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No second-tier members in Church

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis said that the laity are not second-tier members of the Church, automatons at the service of the bishops, whose role it is to carry out blindly orders that come from on high.

Rather, he said that as disciples of Christ and their natural insertion in the world, they are called to animate in the spirit of the gospel every environment, activity and relationship, which otherwise may go unnoticed and abandoned.

The pope said in a message sent to a gathering organised by the Pontifical Council of the Laity and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on November 12 that their role is to animate every nook and cranny of human activity with the spirit of the gospel.

The delegates from the pontifical council and the university gathered to discuss the relevance in the world today of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem), which was promulgated 50 years ago.

The pope said that there is no one better to carry out the essential task of inscribing the divine law in the life of the earthly city.


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