Vatican City, Jun 30, 2010 / 08:28 am
Pope Benedict XVI highlighted today a saint from Turin as a model for priests in light of the recently concluded Year for Priests. The Holy Father said during his catechesis at Wednesday's general audience that St. Joseph Cafasso offers a reminder of the importance of having a "spiritual guide" in life.
The audience took place the day after Rome's feast day, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, when the Holy Father celebrated Mass at St. Peter's Basilica and bestowed the pallium upon the 38 metropolitan archbishops he named in the past year.
In his catechesis, he recalled the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Joseph Cafasso, a 19th century priest from the northern Italian city of Turin, who was a moral theology professor and a respected spiritual director.
Pope Benedict said of the saint, "His secret was simple: being a man of God, doing, in the small daily activities, 'that which could give the greatest glory to God and in favor of souls."