Pope Francis’ letter to La Civiltà Cattolica

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Pope Francis

 Pope Francis / Free Articles / Published Date:31 December 2019/Last Updated Date:8 January 2020

170 years ago, Blessed Pius IX asked the Society of Jesus to establish La Civiltà Cattolica. Since then it has accompanied the popes faithfully. Thank you for the help that you offer me, too.

Continue to live the dynamic between life and thought with eyes that observe, knowing that the “Catholic Civilization” is that of the Good Samaritan.

I wish for you to be creative in God by exploring new avenues. Thanks also for the new international perspective animating the journal: the voices of many frontiers which deserve hearing emerge from your pages.

Base your discernment on the diversity of languages, combat hatred, narrow-mindedness and prejudice. Above all, do not limit yourselves to making proposals to patch things over or to writing abstract syntheses. Accept, instead, the challenge of the manifold concerns of the present day, where God is always at work.

Francis