Fostering a “culture of encounter” is a hallmark of the Vincentian charism.

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An article by L’Osservatore Romano describes Pope Francis’ calling attention to our sins of indifference. Sadly,

We limit ourselves to saying: “Oh, what a shame, poor people, they suffer so much”, and then we move on. Pope Francis explained that an encounter, however, is different: “If I do not look, — seeing is not enough, no: look — if I do not stop, if I do not look, if I do not touch, if I do not speak, I cannot create an encounter and I cannot help to create a culture of encounter”.


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