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The Kind of Church Pope Francis Wants in the US

Pope Francis greets U.S. Catholic Bishops as they approach the alter during a midday prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Toni L. Sandys/Pool via AP)
Pope Francis greets U.S. Catholic Bishops as they approach the alter during a midday prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Toni L. Sandys/Pool via AP)

What kind of Catholic Church will we have in the United States in the wake of Pope Francis?

If the Pope’s words on Wednesday mean anything to the nearly 450 bishops in the US, it will be one in which all voices can be heard and all who are suffering from the cold of loneliness, loss and despair will be welcomed in to sit by “the family fire.”

In a tender and reflective speech on his first full day in the US, the Bishop of Rome called on his brother bishops to foster a “culture of encounter.”

Their ministry, he said, is “not about preaching complicated doctrine,” but in “proclaiming Christ who died and rose for our sake.”

Just hours after being welcomed to the White House by President Obama, the Pope was greeted ecstatically by well-wishers lining the streets of Washington and warmly by cardinals, archbishops, bishops and lay persons gathered in St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The Pontiff’s address to the bishops came in the midst of a morning prayer service.

Much of the success of evangelization in a local Church, or diocese, he told bishops, depends on their relationship to Christ.

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