KEEP WALKING TOGETHER … TAKING CARE OF ONE ANOTHER
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uring what was an especially challenging year for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis proved to be an outstanding leader. His decision to invite young people to participate in the 2018 Synod added an element of realism and served as a reminder that the Church deals with real people and problems – not just ideology.

One of the Synod’s extramural activities was a pilgrimage walk from Monte Mario along the Via Francigena into Rome and on to St. Peters.

It was a walk of about 6 kilometres through woods and rural settlements on the outskirts of the city, and served as a reminder that the Synod was meant to call the entire Church to keep reaching out to those who live on the periphery of society and of the Church.

It’s a message that resonates with those of us who serve the Missions; we need to keep walking together, taking care of each other, helping those who need help, making sure that no one is alone or left out or left behind.

Cardinal Napier said, “It reminded me strongly of how much we owe to our Mission friends. I thank you for walking with us … helping those who need help and making sure that no one is left out. As we look towards a new beginning in 2019, let us continue to reach out to those we meet on the road, listen to their stories, lead them to learn what God wants of them.”

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