Pope Francis outlines his vision for Church

In one the most forceful and sweeping summaries of his vision of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis told a gathering of Italian Catholics in Florence on Nov, 10 that “We are not living in an era of change, but a change of era.”

Photo courtesy CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters, via National Catholic Reporter

Photo courtesy CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters, via National Catholic Reporter

His presentation was to the Fifth National Ecclesial Congress of the Italian Church, which brought together over 2,200 people including bishops and lay people from 220 dioceses. In the 49-minute speech the pope told participants, “Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives — but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened. It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: it is called Jesus Christ.”

He went to say, “The reform of the church then, and the church is semper reformanda  … does not end in the umpteenth plan to change structures,” he continued. “It means instead grafting yourself to and rooting yourself in Christ, leaving yourself to be guided by the Spirit — so that all will be possible with genius and creativity.”

For National Catholic Reporter (Nov. 10, 2015) Vatican Correspondent, Joshua Mc Elwee’s report, click here.

For an NCR (Nov. 10, 2015) report from Michael Sean Winters, click here.

For the Crux (Nov. 10, 2015) report from Vatican Correspondent, Ines San Martin, click here.

For the Pope’s presentation courtesy of Zenit News Agency (Nov. 10, 2015) click here.