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01/15/2012 Benedict XVI: “Migrants are not numbers but human beings in search of peace” – Vatican Insider, 16 January, 2012

The Pope said this during today’s Angelus, on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
vatican insider staff

Immigrants “are not numbers “ but “men, women and children, young and old, looking for a place to live in peace.” Benedict XVI pointed out after the Angelus, on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

“Millions of people are involved in the phenomenon of migration, but they are not numbers!” the Pope exclaimed, noting that “they are men, women and children, young and old, looking for a place to live in peace.”

The Pope then recalled that in his Message for this Day he “drew attention to the theme “Migration and the new evangelization,” stressing that migrants are not only recipients but also protagonists of the Gospel’s message in the contemporary world.”

Ratzinger then addressed a “cordial greeting” to representatives of migrant communities in Rome, present today in St. Peter’s Square.

Before the Marian prayer, the Pope addressed the issue of the priestly vocation. The role of “spiritual leader” is “decisive” in the “journey of faith”, and especially “in response to the vocation of special consecration to the service of God and his people.”

Benedict XVI, speaking of vocations, stressed the importance, in this field, of the “testimony” of other priests who play an exemplary leadership role as “elder brothers.”

“Christian faith, in itself, presupposes the proclamation and testimony,” the Pope said to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, commenting on today’s readings.

“The same goes for the call to follow Jesus more closely – he continued – relinquishing to form one’s own family to dedicate oneself to the great family of the Church, normally passes through the testimony and the proposal of a “big brother”, usually a priest.”

“This is without forgetting the fundamental role of parents – he added – who with their genuine and joyful faith and their married love show their children that it is beautiful and that they can build a lifetime love of God.”

Benedict XVI then dedicated the Marian prayer of the Angelus “to all educators, especially priests and parents, so that they are fully aware of the importance of their spiritual role, to encourage in young people, in addition to human growth, the answer to the call of God.”


January 17, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

1 Comment »

  1. Thank u my dear Florence for dedicating your precious time by giving us these messages which are like precious pearls falling into our hands.

    Comment by Deseree D'Navis | January 18, 2012 | Reply

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