'New journey begins' for Italian Church

'Nothing Francis said will go unheeded', bishops' chief says

(ANSA) - Rome, November 12 - The Italian Church wants to "take up fully" the indications given by Pope Francis during a recent convention in Florence, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI), said Thursday.
    "Now a journey begins," Bagnasco is quoted by the CEI's Avvenire newspaper as saying. The Italian Church will "not let anything the pope said go unheeded", he reportedly added.
    "In attending our convention the pope showed his great affection and proximity" to the Italian Church, Bagnasco continued. He was also "very clear" in indicating his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium (The joy of the Gospel), as the pastoral guidelines to follow in the coming years, the prelate said. Francis also reportedly invited "Christians, as citizens" not to "retire into communities" and to "step outside with courage, humility, a listening ear, dedication and service to renew politics, culture, society from within".