Monday, October 19, 2020
At this time when the Church of this Continent is committing herself wholeheartedly to her missionary vocation, I remind the lay faithful that they too are the Church, the assembly called together by Christ to bring his witness to the whole world. All baptized men and women must become aware that they have been configured to Christ, the Priest, Prophet and Shepherd, by means of the common priesthood of the People of God. They must consider themselves jointly responsible for building society according to the criteria of the Gospel, with enthusiasm and boldness, in communion with their Pastors.
There are many of you here who belong to ecclesial movements, in which we can see signs of the varied presence and sanctifying action of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in today’s society. You are called to bring to the world the testimony of Jesus Christ, and to be a leaven of God’s love among others.
(Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI during the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, No 5, May 13, 2007.)