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Southern Africa: New Pastoral Plan – ‘All Change’

According to the Bishop, “This Pastoral Plan aims at helping us to move from a maintenance Church to a Missionary Church, from a church that services those who come to Church to a Church that goes forth,”  as envisioned by Pope Francis  in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium where he desired a “missionary option, a missionary impulse transforming everything.”

Acknowledging that it will not be easy to change how people have been doing things in the Church, Bishop Sipuka said, “Even as we feel anxious because we are asked to let go of what we have known, in faith like Abraham we must “go from your country, your people, your father’s household to the land I will show you” Gen 12:1 and embrace this Pastoral Plan.”

“To paraphrase the words of Pope Francis again in no 33 (Evangelii Gaudium), we are invited “to abandon the complacent attitude that says: ‘we have always done it this way’. We are invited through this Pastoral Plan to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelisation in our Conference.”

Source: ACIAfrica

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