At Mass on July 9, the Holy Father reflected, “Life is always a gift which, when placed in the hands of God, starts to multiply. Our Father never abandons us; he makes everything multiply.”
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The Holy Father spoke off-the-cuff July 8 to a gathering of clergy, men and women religious and seminarians at the Shrine of Our Lady of Quinche, the patroness of Ecuador.
He challenged his audience on July 7 in Ecuador: “Are you your brothers’ keepers?”
“Evangelization does not consist in proselytizing, but in attracting by our witness those who are far off, in humbly drawing near to those who feel distant from God and the Church, those who are fearful or indifferent,” the Holy Father said July 7.