Evangelization demands experiencing God’s mercy first, pope says

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May 29, 2015

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE May 27, 2015.

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The new evangelization is learning to really experience God’s mercy and salvation so they can be shared with others, especially those most in need, Pope Francis said.

In fact, how the church is educating people in the faith needs to go beyond classroom instruction and actually show them places where Christ is truly present and active in the world today, he said May 29.

The pope made his comments in an address to those taking part in the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization’s plenary session on “the relationship between evangelization and catechesis.”

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