Pope Francis: Vocations are born within the Church

Francis has called on all the faithful to "assume their responsibility" for the care and discernment of vocations. He makes this appeal in his Message for the World Day of Vocations 2016, which was released on Monday on the theme: 'The Church, Mother of Vocations.'

"Vocations are born within the Church," Pope Francis writes. "From the moment a vocation begins to become evident, it is necessary to have an adequate 'sense' of the Church" - he continues - "No one is called exclusively for a particular region, or for a group or for an ecclesial movement, but rather for the Church and for the world."

Pope Francis says priests are "especially important" in vocations discernment. "The pastoral care of vocations is a fundamental part of their ministry....Priests accompany those who are discerning a vocation, as well as those who have already dedicated their lives to the service of God and of the community," continues the Holy Father.

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is commemorated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, which in 2016 will be on 17 April.

 

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