Pope Francis yesterday urged one of the Catholic Church's biggest but most contentious missionary movements to respect different cultures and not try to conquer souls as it spreads the faith around the world, the Miami Herald website reports today (May 6, 2018).
Francis headlined a big rally marking the 50th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way's arrival in Rome.
The community founded in Spain in the 1960s seeks to train Catholic adults in their faith and each year sends out families on mission around the globe.
Francis warned the 34 new missionary groups heading out not to dictate to others or follow pre-ordained scripts, but to accompany the faithful patiently. He also urged them to love and respect the cultures and traditions of other people.