“The messengers of the Kingdom of God” are
not “omnipotent managers” nor “irreplaceable officials” or “celebrities on
tour”. “The Teacher wants them to be free and light without crutches and
without favours, strengthened only by his Word” as pilgrims whose only
“equipment” is “the staff and sandals”. This is the description of the
missionary outlined by Pope Francis at the Angelus of Sunday, 15 July in Saint
Peter’s Square. Before the Marian prayer, the Pontiff had commented on the
day’s Gospel passage (Mk 6:7-13) which “narrates the moment Jesus sends the
Twelve on mission”, identifying a kind of “missionary style”. He stressed that
“no Christian proclaims the Gospel ‘on

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