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Vatican official praises Marists work with Laity



Cardinal João Braz de Aviz lauds Champagnat Followers

11/05/2015: Spain

A Vatican oficial complimented the Marists for incorporating the laity in their work during his book launch on May 6 in Madrid, Spain.

The prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life referred to the Marists as an example to follow during his book launch titled “From the peripheries of the world to the Vatican.”

“In the crisis, the Marists have discovered the work of the laity in the charism, and now they have 50,000 lay people who work with them!,” remarked Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, reffering to the laity. 

He made his comments at the Theological Institute of Religious Life, one of Madrid’s home of the Claretians.

 “We have to reform the Church all of us together because all of us Christians are the Church,” he added. “We must walk together, we must decentralize this Church.”

The Brazilian cardinal stressed that “we must not consider the laity as proletarians of the Spirit.” 

“It is not true. They are baptized, they have Christ within themselves, His gift. Christian vocation is to live with everyone,” he stated.

Participants at the event, organized by the Editorial Claretian Publications and the Institute, included Sister Verónica Berzosa, abbess of Iesu Communio, in one of her rare public appearances.

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