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Pastoral ministry means never leaving people to suffer alone, pope says

January 28th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — A truly pastoral minister never leaves people to suffer on their own or to become a victim to their own errors and confusion, Pope Francis told members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

An authentically pastoral approach is any effort that seeks to take people by the hand, “when they have lost a sense of their dignity and destiny, so as to lead them with confidence to rediscover God’s loving paternity, their good destiny and ways to build a more humane world. This is the great task awaiting your congregation and every other pastoral institution in the church,” he said.

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