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Pope urges prayers for priestly, religious vocations

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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