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Pope urges prayers for priestly, religious vocations

Catholic World News - April 22, 2013

Pope Francis observed the annual day of prayer for vocations on April 21 by challenging young people to respond if they hear a calling.

At his Angelus audience the Pope addressed his challenge to the young people in St. Peter's Square: “I want to ask you, has there been a time when you have heard the Lord's voice, who through a desire, a restlessness, has invited you to follow him more closely?" He exhorted those who have heard such a call: "Ask Jesus what He wants of you, and be courageous!"

The Pope reminded the audience as a whole: "Behind and before each vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life there is always someone's strong and intense prayer: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community."

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