Pope says nonbelievers have role in God's plan
Every person is called to 'collaborate' with the coming of the Kingdom of God, John Paul II said, in an urgent appeal for cooperation between believers and nonbelievers.
Speaking at his General Audience in the Vatican on Wednesday, the Holy Father said: "All the righteous on earth, even those who do not know Christ and his Church and who, under the influence of grace, seek God with a sincere heart, are ... called to build the Kingdom of God."
The Pope suggested that God does not judge non-believers, but instead seeks to win them over with patient diplomacy: "He conquers the resistance of evil with patience, not with overbearing force or clamour. ... Fears, anxieties, worries dissolve, because the Kingdom of God is in our midst in the person of Christ."