Pope invokes Italian saints as models for priestly ministry
Catholic World News - April 28, 2010
At his weekly public audience on April 28, Pope Benedict XVI called attention to the example set by two Italian priests, Sts. Leonardo Murialdo (1828-1900) and Giuseppe Benito Cottolengo (1786-1842), who were "exemplary in the commitment to God and witness of charity."
As the Church nears the conclusion of the Year for Priests, the Pope extolled the example of the two saints who "lived their ministry by totally giving their lives to the poorest, the most needy, the last." Their charitable work, he said, was always built on "their relationship with God, drawing from His love in the profound conviction that it is not possible to exercise charity save by living with Christ in the Church." He invoked their intercession on today's priests "who give themselves generously for God and for the flock entrusted to them."
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