BENEDICT XVI: ANGELUS, "THE CHURCH, A RICH AND VITAL ORGANISATION" WITH THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT (2)

"We will invoke from God – said Benedict XVI – the gift of the full unity of all Christ’s disciples and, in particular, according to this year’s theme, we will renew our commitment to witnessing together to the crucified and risen Lord". The communion of Christians, in fact, "makes the proclamation of the Gospel more credible and effective, as Jesus himself said as he prayed to the Father on the eve of his death: ‘That they may be one … that the world might believe’", explained the Pope. Then the Pontiff went on to recall the figure of St. Francis de Sales, whose liturgical memorial is celebrated on 24 January. Born in Savoy in 1567, after becoming a priest "he dedicated himself, with great fruit, to preaching and to the spiritual formation of believers, teaching that the call to holiness is for all and that everyone – as St. Paul says with the comparison of the body – has his place in the Church". St. Francis de Sales is the Patron Saint of Journalists and the Catholic Press. "To his spiritual guidance, – declared the Holy Father – I entrust the Message for the World Day of Social Communications" 2010, which was presented at the Vatican on Saturday 23 January. "May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, make us progress in communion, to transmit the beauty of being one in the unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit", he concluded. ” ” ” “

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