Catholics must be active in politics, no matter how ‘dirty,’ pope says

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May 1, 2015

Pope Francis gestures as he attends an audience with members of Christian Life Community in Paul VI hall at the Vatican April 30. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters)

Pope Francis gestures as he attends an audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican April 30. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics must get involved in politics even if it may be “dirty,” frustrating and fraught with failure, Pope Francis said.

Given today’s “throwaway” culture and so many problems unfolding in the world, “Do I as a Catholic watch from my balcony? No, you can’t watch from the balcony. Get right in there!” he said.

The pope made his comments April 30 during an informal question-and-answer session with members of Italy’s Christian Life Community and the Student Missionary League — groups inspired by Ignatian spirituality. As a Jesuit priest, Pope Francis served as a national assistant to the Christian Life Community in Argentina in the late 1970s.

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