SPIRITUAL EXERCISES FOR LEADERS OF CHARITY IN AMERICAS
VATICAN CITY, 30 MAY 2008 (VIS) – The Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” today announced that from 2 to 6 June a series of spiritual exercises will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, under the direction of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap., preacher of the Pontifical Household.
Some 500 men and women from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, leaders of the Catholic Church’s mission of charity, will participate in the initiative. The Holy Father has sent them a Message in which he “invites all to intensify their friendship with the Lord Jesus. This divine dimension of love characterises the Church’s charitable organisations and makes their activity irreplaceable”.
The “Cor Unum” English-language communique continues: “The generosity of people today and their willingness to help whenever catastrophe strikes, such as the tsunami or the cyclone in Myanmar, is truly impressive. At the same time, Christians are convinced that, beside material assistance, human affliction needs a message of hope that only Christ can give though faith-filled witness. The Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’, the dicastery of the Holy See charged with orienting and co-ordinating the Church’s charitable activities, has proposed this gathering as a school for deepening faith”.
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