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Preserve the first vigor of faith, Pope urges catechumens

November 25, 2013

Pope Francis met on November 23 with a group of over 500 catechumens, representing 47 different countries, who are preparing for reception into the Catholic Church.

The ceremony—one of the final events of the Year of Faith—began at the entrance to St. Peter’s basilica, where the Pope greeted the catechumens and their godparents. They then entered the basilica for the Liturgy of the Word, and the Pope delivered a brief homily.

Although the group of catechumens was quite diverse, the Pope observed, they had one thing in common: the wish to draw closer to Go. “How important it is to keep this wish alive!” the Pope said. When faith grows stale, he said, “it risks being extinguished, like a flame that is not revived. It risks becoming rancid, without meaning.”

The Holy Father urged the catechumens to preserve the vigor of their faith, “to keep alive the enthusiasm of the first moment that opened your eyes to the light of faith.”


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