Pope Francis has coined an expression: "Outgoing Church". It is a terminology that has many meanings: a Church that takes care of every person, regardless of his or her moral status or ideas; a Church open to universal dialogue, with other Churches, religions and ideologies; a Church that renders all brothers and sisters, an immense fraternal community; a Church-shepherd who walks among the people, with the scent of sheep and mercy; a Church that seeks existential peripheries; a Church that is a servant and a prophetic voice; a Church that goes to the poor, dialogues with them, embraces them and defends them; a Church that stands in favor of the victims and calls them by name; a Church of the revolution of tenderness, mercy and care; a Church sensitive to the problem of ecology and the future of our Common House, Mother Earth; in short, a Church-joy of the Gospel and of hope for this world.
It is with these values in the head and in the heart that the initiative of the "Corredor de la Misericordia" was also carried out this year. As in the previous editions, the objective of the activity was to offer people who passed by the popular Guadalajara street the possibility of receiving the ashes and inviting them to approach the sacrament of Reconciliation.
The event brought together about 70 volunteers from the Salesian Family, young people from the Salesian Youth Movement and young people from the local pastoral care of the parish. Also present were Fr Abel Castillo and Msgr. Héctor Guerrero Córdova, SDB, bishop emeritus of the Prelature of Mixes.
The main aim of the "Corredor de la Misericordia" was to replicate Pope Francis' invitation to announce God's mercy on the streets, and to make pastoral work a daily experience, joyful and close to all men.