Building unity in church, society is key to evangelization, pope says

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July 7, 2015

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, July 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-UNITY July 7, 2015.

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador, July 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Catholics will never be effective evangelizers if they are squabbling among themselves, and they cannot show the world how faith in Christ responds to the human yearning for freedom and peace if they are divided, Pope Francis said.

The pope’s Mass July 7 at Quito’s Bicentennial Park was billed as a Mass for evangelization, but the pope insisted Christians would convince no one of the power of the Gospel if they could not demonstrate in their lives and behaviors that faith pushes a person beyond self-interest to concern for others.

Christians do not look at the world through rose-colored glasses, the pope said, but they can dream. Like Jesus, they see the world’s flaws, but also like Jesus, they love the world God created.

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