equidistant from the centre, and there are no dif-
ferences between them. Instead, it is the poly-
hedron, which reflects the convergence of all its
parts, each of which preserves its distinctiveness.
Pastoral and political activity alike seek to gather
in this polyhedron the best of each. There is a
place for the poor and their culture, their aspira-
tions and their potential. Even people who can
be considered dubious on account of their errors
have something to offer which must not be over-
looked. It is the convergence of peoples who,
within the universal order, maintain their own in-
dividuality; it is the sum total of persons within a
society which pursues the common good, which
truly has a place for everyone.
237. To Christians, this principle also evokes
the totality or integrity of the Gospel which the
Church passes down to us and sends us forth
to proclaim. Its fullness and richness embrace
scholars and workers, businessmen and artists,
in a word, everyone. The genius of each peo-
ple receives in its own way the entire Gospel and
embodies it in expressions of prayer, fraternity,
justice, struggle and celebration. The good news
is the joy of the Father who desires that none of
his little ones be lost, the joy of the Good Shep-
herd who finds the lost sheep and brings it back
to the flock. The Gospel is the leaven which
causes the dough to rise and the city on the hill
whose light illumines all peoples. The Gospel
has an intrinsic principle of totality: it will always
remain good news until it has been proclaimed
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