Pope Francis encourages Seminarians, novices and others on the vocational journey to take formation more seriously
On Saturday evening Pope Francis received 6000 Seminarians, novices and other people on their vocational journey, who are on a four-day pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter. They began the pilgrimage on Thursday July 4th. In his address to them the Pope recounted his own vocational journey and encouraged them to take their formation seriously and to trust in God. The participants dedicated the Saturday morning to confessions and to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The pilgrimage concludes this Sunday, July 7th, with the morning Mass presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica followed by the Angelus. In his address Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, which organised the event, hoped that the Pilgrimage to the Tomb of St. Peter, had provided an opportunity to each of the participants to reflect on his or her vocation and to take strong resolutions to serve God and the Church with joy and commitment. The participants came from every continent and represented 66 countries.