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Pope Francis in Iraq: March 5-8
After the synod on new evangelization in Rome last month, three points seem crystal clear about Catholicism in the early 21st century.
Members of the Synod of Bishops recommended the Vatican establish a commission to monitor religious freedom, develop guidelines for training evangelizers and confession is always available.
The new evangelization will remain a stilted and cerebral exercise unless those most invested in its success are willing to take risks.
Despite the growth of secularism, hostility toward Christianity and sinful behavior by some ministers, members of the Synod of Bishops said they are optimistic about the future.