Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the Bishops in Colombia on 7th September, 2017, at the Cardinal Palace, exhorted the Bishops on various issues of their pastoral duties, such as family and life, young people, priests, religious, vocations and the laity. His Holiness Pope Francis commented on the theme of his apostolic visit- “Let’s take the first step”, and urged the Bishops to never forget that God is the Lord of the first step, which he highlighted as a compass that will keep them from going astray.

As reported by en.radiovaticana.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “I have come to your Church as a wayfarer, a pilgrim and I am your brother, desirous of sharing the risen Christ for whom no wall is impenetrable, no fear insurmountable, no disease incurable.” Further, His Holiness added, “Show particular concern for the ongoing formation of your priests, from the first moment they hear God’s call in their hearts.”

His Holiness Pope Francis highlighted various topics in the meeting such as Guardians and sacrament of the first step and asked the Bishops to show clearly that they are a sacrament of God’s first step and exhorted on the word of reconciliation.