.- The Holy Father continued his series of homilies on the Fathers of the Church, speaking today in St. Peterâs plaza about St. Eusebius of Vercelli. He emphasized that his example should inspire Christians to keep the faith, live in harmony and remain in constant prayer.
Eusebius was born in Sardinia at the beginning of the fourth century, educated in Rome and eventually elected Bishop of Vercelli. âThere he founded a priestly community inspired by the early monastic communities of Egypt, and helped to spread the ideal of apostolic holiness throughout northern Italyâ, the Holy Father remarked.
Eusebius tirelessly defended the truth that Jesus is fully God, which was proclaimed at the Council of Nicaea, even at the cost of exile.
âHis example of pastoral zeal greatly influenced many of his contemporaries,â the Holy Father noted, âincluding Saints Ambrose and Maximus of Turin.â Eusebiusâ Letters testify to his closeness to the faithful of Vercelli, as well as his concern for those who were not of the faith.
âHis episcopal ministry was shaped by his commitment to the monastic ideals of contemplation and self-discipline. He thus found the strength to resist every form of external pressure in his faithful service to the Gospelâ, Benedict observed.
Finally, the Holy Father prayed, âMay his teachings and example inspire us, in all our life and activity, to âmake every effort to preserve the faith, to live in harmony and to be constant in the practice of prayerâ (cf. Ep. II).
In English, the Holy Father greeted the members of Serra International, and invoked âGodâs abundant blessingâ¦upon all the English-speaking visitors, including those from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, the Philippines and the United States.â