Pope tells bishops, other ministers fidelity is key to evangelization

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — With the young pilgrims of World Youth Day, Pope Francis was encouraging and challenging; with the bishops, priests and religious who minister to them he was firm and blunt.

“It is not pastoral creativity or meetings or planning that ensure our fruitfulness, but our being faithful to Jesus,” the pope told an estimated 1,000 bishops along with thousands of priests, seminarians and religious who accompanied pilgrims to Rio or were involved in the program.

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