Pope Benedict XVI called attention to the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Vatican City, Apr. 14, 2008 (vaticans.org) - During his Regina Caeli address on April 13, Pope Benedict XVI called attention to the World Day of Prayer for Vocations and encouraged more prayers "for numerous and holy vocations to the priesthood, to consecrated life and the missions, and to Christian marriage."
The Holy Father reminded the faithful that the Church is preparing for a special year devoted to St. Paul, who was a "missionary par excellence." The epistles of St. Paul, he remarked, remind readers that "vocation and mission are inseparable," because God calls all of his follower to spread the Word.
"This missionary service is carried out in the first place by priests," the Pope continued, noting that priests are necessarily to bring the sacraments to the people. Male and female religious also play "a prime role in evangelization," he continued-- pausing to pay tribute to two religious who were killed recently while performing missionary work in Guinea and in Kenya.
Finally the Pope reminded his listeners that "Christian matrimony is a missionary vocation." In the family, the workplace, and the community, he said, all believers can promote the message of the Gospel.
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