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The church needs nuns, says the Pope
DURING HIS VISIT OF VISION to Spain, the Pope assured 1,600 sisters, representing nearly 300 religious communities and institutes that the church and society continue to need the "gospel radicalism" of their religious consecration.
The pope listened to Belén González, a member of the Siervas de Maria congregation, who spoke on behalf of all the nuns present:
|SISTERS AWAIT the pope's arrival at
the Monastery of San Lorenzo outside Madrid.
Photograph: Andrea Comas, Reuters
“Your Holiness, we know that the Cross placed on your shoulders by God is heavy. We want you to know that you are not carrying it alone, you can count on us who, in the silence of the cloister or in serving the Church in our work, help you in our simplicity and poverty, and with the strength that we receive from Jesus Christ”.
The Pope thanked the women religious for their “generous, total, and perpetual yes” and expressed his wish that this “yes” might “speak to young people, inspire them and illuminate them.” Read more.
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VISION connects with thousands
of young people in Madrid
VISION's team in Spain greeted thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims, gathered names and emails, and passed out tens of thousands of promotional items. Our Likes God stickers and hand sanitizers were especially big hits. One young sister said as she gladly accepted a purple Likes God sticker, "Likes God? I love God!"
We are in the process of editing our video from Spain and preparing a special email to all the new contacts we made. In the meantime, we encourage pilgrims to send us their photos, videos, and written reflections about their experiences, which we will be compile throughout the year.
New and improved VocationMatch.com
THE UPDATED AND ENHANCED VOCATION MATCH is now active. If you haven't been through the Match before or in a while, we encourage you to go through the new Match process, which allows you to weight your answers and customize your results more effectively.
NOTE: The process may take slightly longer to process as it churns through all your choices. Thank you for your patience.
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