In his weekly Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis continued what has been an ongoing series of weekly reflections on the Nicene Creed, and said that Christians are empowered by Christ to be a missionary people. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess in faith that the Church is 'apostolic,'” the Pope told the crowds, stressing that the apostolic character of the Church continues today with those who transmit the faith as it came down from Jesus and the apostles, and will continue until the end of time.
The Pope pointed out that the Church has taken great care over 2,000 years to pass on the entirety of the deposit of faith as it has been handed down, not just bits and pieces of it. The Church has been faithful to Christ's commandment to go and baptize all nations, the Pope said. “The Church is apostolic because Jesus founded her upon the apostles whom he chose and sent forth to continue his work,” Francis taught. “Thus Saint Paul compares the Church to a temple which has the apostles as its foundation and Christ as its cornerstone,” he said, pointing out a teaching the apostle’s letter to the Ephesians. “The Church is also apostolic because she preserves and hands down the fullness of Christ’s teaching and the means of salvation which he instituted.”
“May we come to appreciate and love the Church as the place where we encounter the Risen Lord,” the Pontiff concluded, “who sends us forth as his missionaries, inviting all whom we meet to know the truth of the Gospel, the joy of faith and the promise of eternal life proclaimed by the apostles.”