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The Vatican prepares for the day dedicated to Seminarians, novices and people in other vocations



The president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, Archbishop Salvatore Fischella, has announced that this coming weekend beginning from Thursday July 4th, over 6,000 seminarians, novices and people in other vocations, will make a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint Peter here in the Vatican. The event is part of the many special events organised this year by the same council to mark the year of the Faith. Archbishop Fisichella, said the event is guided by the slogan I trust in You which indicates the basic act which allows young people to pursue God's will in their life as priests or as consecrated persons. The main purpose of the event is to show the beauty of following Christ in service to the Church through a commitment that lasts a lifetime, he said. On July 4th, the participants will gather at the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo near the Vatican and walk down to St. Peter’s Square. They will then recite the Creed at the Altar of Confession, which is built on top of the tomb of St. Peter. On the morning of Friday July 5th, the participants will go to different parishes, divided according to language, to attend a lesson in catechesis. In the afternoon they will visit places that house the sacred relics of various saints who have had a special relationship with Rome and represent an important milestone for the vocational life. These include St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine, St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux. The participants will dedicate Saturday July 6th, to the sacrament of confession and to the adoration of the Eucharist. The superiors of the participants will discuss formation at the Lateran University, and then Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, will share with them his vocation story. In the afternoon they will meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican, who too, will speak about his vocation, and hear testimonies of other religious. Saturday will end with a Marian procession through the Vatican Gardens concluding at St. Peter’s Square with a final reflection by Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life. On Sunday July 7th in the morning the participants will join Pope Francis in the celebration of Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, and then with him they will pray the Angelus at noon. Archbishop Fischella spoke to Lydia Okane. RealAudioMP3




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