Help ‘baptized non-Christians’ return to life of faith, pope says

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March 6, 2015

Members of Neocatechumenal Way pray as Pope Francis leads special audience in Paul VI hall at Vatican

Members of the Neocatechumenal Way pray as Pope Francis leads a special audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 6. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics need to reach out to “baptized non-Christians,” those who have forgotten or walked away from their faith, Pope Francis said.

The pope met March 6 with about 7,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way, which guides members in an itinerary of exploring the meaning of their baptism and learning to live according to its promises. The pope blessed 31 Neocatechumenal teams — 31 priests along with 200 couples and their 600 children — who are about to begin service as missionaries around the world.

Pope Francis asked the team members, formed originally “to evangelize non-Christians, those who have never heard anyone speak of Jesus Christ,” to fulfill that task but also reach out to the many “baptized non-Christians who have forgotten their faith because of secularization, worldliness and many other factors. Reawaken their faith!”

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