With regard to the immediate needs of the Church, I encourage you to pray for and to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As this Year for Priests draws to a close, the Church has gained a renewed awareness of the need for good, holy and well-formed priests. She needs men and women religious completely committed to Christ and to the spread of God’s reign on earth. Our Lord has promised that those who lay down their lives in imitation of him will keep them for eternal life (cf. Jn 12:25). I ask parents to ponder this promise and to encourage their children to respond generously to the Lord’s call. I urge pastors to attend to the young, to their needs and aspirations, and to form them in the fullness of the faith.Zie hier beelden van het bezoek van de paus aan Cyprus (de site www.benedictxvi.tv wordt trouwens vrijwillig gemaakt en bijgehouden door een niet-gelovige jongen in Moskou...!).
zaterdag 5 juni 2010
Tot de katholieken
Uit de toespraak die de paus vandaag hield tijdens zijn ontmoeting met de katholieken van Cyprus: