Loading
By Catholic News Agency's Vatican Observer, Andrea Gagliarducci
Pope to dedicate 2015 to consecrated life
Women religious. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.
Women religious. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

.- At a meeting with the Union of Superiors General held Nov. 29, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be dedicating 2015 to consecrated life, thanking religious for their witness to Jesus Christ.

“Thank you for what you do and for your spirit of faith and your service. Thank you for your witness and also for the humiliations through which you have had to pass,” the Bishop of Rome said to 120 superiors present for the group's general assembly, held in Rome Nov. 27-29.

Pope Francis' decision follows a conference on “vocational perseverance” held one month ago, at which Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life, maintained that “in five years, 13,123 left religious life.”

The dedication of 2015 to religious life should promote and draw attention to the challenges facing God's call  to consecrated persons. To proclaim a year dedicated to a specific topic, shedding light on an issue deemed to be of particular importance, has recently become a common tool for Popes.

Benedict XVI proclaimed a Pauline year in 2008, a Year of the Priesthood in 2010, and the Year of Faith in 2012-2013.

Pope Francis' comments met with the superiors general for three hours, holding a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, beginning with the subject of consecrated life's identity and mission as a witness to the kingdom of God, according to the Vatican.

The consecrated are those who “can awaken the world,” he said. “Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to 'domesticate' them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord.”

The Roman Pontiff added that newer dioceses are bearing much fruit, and gave this as a reason for inculturating the charisms of religious life.

He emphasized the importance of good formation for candidates to religious life, saying that it is “not a form of policing, but is “an artisanal craft … its aim is to form religious persons with a tender heart; not acid, not like vinegar.”

Continuing that theme, Pope Francis exhorted religious not to “act like managers” when faced with conflict when living in community, but rather to accept conflicts and deal with them firstly as persons.

Religious are to be respected for their charisms, he reflected, and not seen merely as “helpers” when a local Church is in need of priests.

Tags: Religious Life, Pope Francis


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
24

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Gospel
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »

Saint
Date
04/24/14
04/22/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48

Homily
Date
04/24/14
04/23/14
04/22/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: