Cardinal Giorgio Marengo, IMC, the youngest cardinal of the Catholic Church, leads Apostolic Prefecture of Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, a missionary jurisdiction that comprises all of Mongolia. In this video, he speaks about the Church as a minority in many societies around the world today and the “tremendous role” of lay people “in being ambassadors” of Christ in such a context. Most people involved in direct evangelization in Mongolia, where the church began its pastoral mission officially only 31 years ago, are lay people, he says. In areas of the world where the Catholic community is tiny, the Church relies on the witness of lay people, who are closer than the clergy or consecrated men and women to the everyday experience of people.
Cardinal Marengo was among the presenters at the five-day conference in Rome, “Grace and Action: The ministry of catechists in the footsteps of St. Paul.” The July 17-21, 2023 experience was part of the joint leadership development initiatives of The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas and Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST), Seton Hall University.