Vatican City, May 5, 2017 / 09:41 am
On Friday Pope Francis told seminarians studying in Rome to resist complacency and to think of their studies as strength training for their hearts and wills, preparing them for service to others.
"Your College is increasingly a 'gym' where you work out to give your life with willingness; your studies are tools of service for the Church, which also embellish the rich cultural tradition of your beloved country," he said May 5 to the community of the Pontifical Romanian College.
"To treasure, through prayer and intense study, what the Lord has done in his People, is a beautiful opportunity in the years you spend in Rome, where you can breathe the universality of the Church."
Pope Francis met with the community at the Vatican's Consistory Hall to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the college's founding.