Pope Francis greeted the participants in the 2017 Forum of Catholic-inspired Non-Governmental Organizations meeting in Rome. He made his remarks during his December 13, 2017, general audience in Paul VI Hall.
“I express my deep appreciation for your efforts to bring the light of the Gospel to the various peripheries of our world, in order to defend human dignity, to promote the integral development of peoples, and to meet the material and spiritual needs of so many members of our human family,” the Holy Father said. “I encourage you to work always in a spirit of communion and cooperation with other Catholic NGOs and with the representatives of the Holy See, as an expression of the Church’s commitment to the building of a more just and fraternal world.”
The Pope also greeted the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors in the audience, particularly the groups from Australia, Indonesia, India, Japan and the United States of America.