"We can try and find common ground with everybody, without fear and without losing our identity" Francis said.
Vatican City, 14 Oct. (AK) - Pope Francis on Monday said Catholics should not be afraid to debate their faith with other religions and with non-believers.
"Every Christian must take steps towards others, enter into dialogue with those who do not share their beliefs, who belong to another religion or who are atheists," Francis said."We can try and find common ground with everybody, without fear and without losing our identity," he told the members of the Vatican's evangelising body during an audience at the Apostolic Palace.Earlier on Monday, the popular Argentine pontiff denounced hypocritical Christians who perform good works to appear perfect and achieve personal salvation but who do so "without God's love"."We need to do good.
But good works alone, without this merciful love, are useless," he said in a homily as he celebrated mass at the Vatican hotel.Francis has lived at the Vatican hotel since his election in March, shunning the opulent papal apartments inhabited by his predecessors.