Vatican City, Feb 27, 2005 / 22:00 pm
On Friday, the Vatican made public a message written from the Pope to Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, archbishop of Prague, Czech Republic, and to bishops and friends of the Focolare Movement.
On February 19th-25th, members of the Movement participated in a congress held at Castelgandolofo, the Pope’s summer residence. The congress explored the presence of the Risen Lord as a vital principle of the Church.
The Holy Father wrote in the February 19th letter that, "this providential initiative, falling appropriately in the context of the year dedicated to the Eucharist, will surely be a source of renewed apostolic vitality and missionary daring for everyone as they face the not inconsiderable number of social and religious challenges of our time.”
“Indeed,” he continued, “during these days of study and prayer it is your shared intention to discern the most appropriate ways to bear witness, in modern society, to the presence of the Risen Christ, the center of the Church."