At World Youth Day in Brazil Pope Francis addressed hundreds of thousands of young people with these words:
"Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love. Do not be afraid."
This invitation applies to every baptised person. Do not be afraid. As individuals, families and parishes, take seriously the call to joyfully and respectfully share your faith. Please consider responding especially to the 'Crossing the Threshold' initiative which focuses on ministry and outreach to non-churchgoing Catholics.
Rt Rev Philip Egan
Bishop of Portsmouth