Top Pope Francis' Quotes About The Church
TOP POPE FRANCIS' QUOTES ABOUT THE CHURCH
1. Let's Be A Welcoming Church
"The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door... Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community.... This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism...the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013, 47
2. Let's Be A Church For Today's World
"I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelisation of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013, 27
3. The youth of the Church
"Youth is more than simply a period of time; it is a state of mind. That is why an institution as ancient as the Church can experience renewal and a return to youth at different points in her age-old history. Indeed, at the most dramatic moments of her history, she feels called to return with all her heart to her first love. Recalling this truth, the Second Vatican Council noted that, “enriched by a long and living history, and advancing towards human perfection in time and the ultimate destinies of history and of life, the Church is the real youth of the world”. In her, it is always possible to encounter Christ “the companion and friend of youth”.
Pope Francis, Christ is Alive, 2019, 34.