Vatican City, May 3, 2020 / 05:30 am
Pope Francis called on all Catholics to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on Good Shepherd Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
"Priesthood and consecrated life require courage and perseverance, and without prayer one does not follow this path. I invite everyone to ask the Lord for the gift of good workers for his kingdom who have their hearts and hands open to his love," Pope Francis said on May 3.
In his Regina Caeli address, the pope said that the World Day of Prayer of Vocations is a reminder of Jesus' words in the Gospel of Matthew: "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."
Christ, the Good Shepherd, calls his sheep by name and the sheep listen to his voice, the pope said.