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Pope Francis: message for Day of Prayer for Vocations, no to “craving for power, proselytising, or intolerant fanaticism”

“A craving for power, proselytising, or intolerant fanaticism” do not suit Christians, who, in the wake of the Gospel, must “reject the idolatry of success and power, an excessive concern for the structures, and a certain anxiety that responds more to a will to conquer than to a will to serve”. This has been written by the Pope in his message for the world Day of Prayer for Vocations, issued today. “God’s people needs to be led by shepherds who spend their lives serving the Gospel”, states Francis, who asks “the parish communities, the associations and the many groups of prayer within the Church: against the temptation of disheartening, keep praying the Lord, that He may send labourers to His crop and give us Gospel-loving priests, who know how to be close to their brothers and thus be proof of God’s merciful love”. “Faced with the widespread feeling of a faith that is tired out or reduced to mere ‘duties’ – this is the Pope’s recipe –, our young people wish to discover the ever-relevant charm of Jesus, to let themselves be questioned and challenged by His words and His gestures, and lastly to dream, through Him, of a fully human life, glad to be spent loving”.

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