Parishes should be a beacon of faith in a secularized world, Pope Benedict says

.- Pope Benedict XVI consecrated a new parish church for the city of Rome yesterday.  Celebrating Mass for the second Sunday of Advent at St. Mary Star of Evangelization Parish, the Holy Father recalled the important role Catholic parishes and their church buildings should play in communities.

In his homily, Benedict XVI, praised the efforts made by the people of Rome to create awareness for the needs of many parishes in Rome and to raise funds for building new churches on the city outskirts, especially in the season of Advent.  “The new church Pope Benedict pointed out, "joins the more than 50 parish structures already built over these years thanks to the Vicariate of Rome's economic efforts, the contributions of so many faithful, and the concern of the civil authorities.”
"I ask all faithful, and all citizens of good will to continue their generous commitment, so that neighborhoods that are still deprived may, as soon as possible, have a home for their parish,” the Holy Father said. 


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