Pope Francis is bringing "a sense of mercy, a sense of joy, a sense of accepting people where they are" to the church, Bishop Robert McElroy says.
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The current "culture of conflict" is an indication that schools and universities need to create conditions that will develop "a new humanism" and "rebuild a spirit of fraternity among people and nations," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
"The current context of hatred and contempt among people is constituted by a radical rejection of humanity in the other," said Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, on Wednesday. "The acceptance of diversity is therefore fundamental for mutual respect and for the freedom to express one's own ideas and religious convictions."
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Francis wants to retool the hierarchy so it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, he said.
Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle called on Catholics to embrace and live out the Second Vatican Council's sense of openness to the modern world.
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At the meeting, 38 delegates from 10 countries said they seek to establish an international "network of networks" to develop strategies on church reform.
Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz told members of religious orders that they must live their vocations "inserted" into the world, open to changes of modern life.
Allowing priests to celebrate Mass in the language of the local congregation rather than in Latin allowed the faithful to understand and be encouraged by the word of God, Pope Francis said.
"You cannot turn back. We have to always go forward, always forward and who goes back is making a mistake," he told parishioners after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first time a pope celebrated Mass in the vernacular following the Second Vatican Council.