Pope: Diversity in the church must be embraced, not feared

January 2, 2024 | Catholic Review

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Different ways of living out the Catholic faith, including different liturgical rites, should not be seen as threats to the unity of the Catholic Church but embraced as expressions of the body of Christ, Pope Francis said.

“You don’t have to be afraid of the diversity of charisms in the church,” the pope said in a video released Jan. 2, sharing his prayer intention for the month of January: “For the gift of diversity in the church.”

Pope Francis gives his blessing during Mass for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and World Peace Day on New Year’s Day in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 1, 2024. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)

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