.- In a message to the Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Scherer, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Brazilians to continue proclaiming the word of God âwith evangelical faith and charity.â
Pope Benedict sent his message to the Brazilians to mark the 100th anniversary of the archdiocese. On this great occasion, the Holy Father wrote that he joins with them âin a joyous song of thanksgiving to the Lord for the fruits of Christian life that He has blessed this local Church withâ and that âconstitute a significant phase in the history of a church.â
After noting the special âevangelical and propheticâ call that Sao Paulo has, the Pontiff offered âfervent prayers to the Almighty Godâ that the celebration would inspire the local church to renewed evangelization, the âdiligent proclamation of the Word of Godâ and âan intelligent and generous effort to defend the family and the life of every human being.â
The Holy Father also offered his prayers for the well being and happiness of the people of the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo. State and local officials were also included in the Pontiffâs prayers so that they may continue âlooking out for the common good,â especially for âthe infirm, the poor and abandoned,â and that they may contribute fostering peace and progress in Brazil.
The Pope concluded his message imparting his Apostolic Blessing to the Archdiocese.