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Pope exhorts English seminarians to stir up new faith

December 03, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Venerable English College of Rome on December 3, as the institution—a training ground for seminarians from England and Wales—celebrates its 650th anniversary.

Addressing the seminarians, the Pope urged them to “pray daily, especially in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, listening attentively to the word of God and allowing heart to speak to heart, as Blessed John Henry Newman would say.”

The Pope said that during his visit to Britain in 2010, “I saw for myself that there is a great spiritual hunger among the people.” He urged the students of the English College to stir up new ardor in a society where “the embers of faith have grown cold and now need to be fanned once more into a flame.”


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