Pope Francis recently raised eyebrows by saying, in an interview, that “proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense.”
This could sound strange since, historically, the word “proselyte” has simply meant a convert, and proselytism has simply meant making converts.
Yet the pope was not dismissing the idea of making converts. In fact, evangelization is high on his priority list.
How can we square these two things?
Francis on Proselytism