Dear brothers and sisters, being the Church, to be the People of God, in accordance with the Fatherâs great design of love, means to be the leaven of God in this humanity of ours. It means to proclaim and to bring the Godâs salvation to this world of ours, so often led astray, in need of answers that give courage, hope and new vigour for the journey. May the Church be a place of Godâs mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. And to make others feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged, the Church must be with doors wide open so that all may enter. And we must go out through these doors and proclaim the Gospel.
Pope Francis, General Audience Saint Peter's Square, 12 June 2013