Pope wants parishes to be ‘closer to the people’


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Pope Francis asked the Roman Catholic faithful to pray for their respective parishes that these institutions may not remain as “simple offices” but become places where “faith is communicated and charity is seen.”

In his prayer intention for the month of September, Francis said that he wishes the faithful to see their parishes as “houses where the door is always open.”

“Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of the society. They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others,” the pontiff said.

The leader of the Catholic Church regularly announces his prayer intentions for every month to allow the Church to focus on issues that are of great concern to the Christian community.

Last August, the pope prayed for artists, that “through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.”

Here is the video of Francis’ prayer intention for the month of September courtesy of Rome Reports: