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Monday, September 21, 2015

Message to Hungarian religious: seek the concerns and expectations of the people

Vatican City, 19 September 2015 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon Pope Francis sent a video message to the participants in the Meeting of Consecrated Persons in Hungary, an initiative linked to the Year of Consecrated Life.

“In the various forms of consecrated life, I think of you as close to the troubles and expectations of the people; I think of you as committed in the contexts in which you are inserted, with their difficulties and signs of hope. I encourage you to rejoice with those who rejoice, and to weep with those who weep; to ask of God a heart capable of compassion, to tend to the wounds of the body and the spirit and to bring God's consolation to many people. I believe that the most beautiful side of a country and a city is that of the Lord's disciples – the bishops, religious and lay faithful – who live with simplicity, in their daily lives, in the style of the Good Samaritan and who are close to the flesh and the wounds of their brethren, in whom they recognise the flesh and wounds of Jesus”.

“This charity full of mercy – we know well – comes from the heart of Christ, and we find this in prayer, especially in adoration, and in partaking with faith in the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance. May Mary, our Mother, help us always to be men and women of prayer”.

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