Like St. Paul, Christians today must engage culture,

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Like St. Paul, Christians today must engage culture, says archbishop

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Like St. Paul, followers of Christ today must engage the culture, Archbishop Celestino Migliore said in his homily during a New York Mass celebrated June 28 to close the year of St. Paul. "What have we learned about St. Paul from this holy year?" asked the archbishop, who is the Vatican's nuncio and permanent observer to the United Nations. "The event (in Damascus gave Paul) a totally new vision of life, of his life," he said. "Looking at life with the eyes and mind of Jesus meant everything and everybody looked new to him. "Jesus trusted Paul with the highest task: to witness to him," the archbishop continued. "What can we learn from St. Paul today? Like St. Paul, we cannot ignore the forces of culture that challenge us. It is our culture; we need to engage it. ... There is no greater gift of love that exists than sharing the truth with others."

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