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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:29

Pope issues letter for Year of Consecrated Life

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PopeFrancis150Pope Francis issued a letter for the Year of Consecrated Life,expressing his expectations for the yearlong observance: that consecrated men and women would be witnesses of communion, of joy and the Gospel, and go evermore to the peripheries to proclaim the Good News, reports the Vatican Radio.

“I am counting on you ‘to wake up the world’, since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy,” wrote Pope Francis. “This is the priority that is needed right now.”

He urged religious communities to guard against gossip, jealousy and pettiness in community life, to live “in synergy” with other vocations in the Church, and to “step more courageously from the confines of our respective institutes and to work together.”

The Pope said he also expected consecrated men and women to examine their presence in Church life and to respond to the “ new demands constantly being made on us, to the cry of the poor.”

Read the official translation of the Pope's letter for the Year of Consecrated Life.