April 28, 2010.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,As the Year for Priests draws to its close, I would like to devote
catechesis to the example of two remarkable priests of the nineteenth
associated with the Italian city of Turin. Saint Leonard Murialdo, the
of the Congregation of Saint Joseph, devoted his life to the education
pastoral care of disadvantaged young people.
He saw his priestly
vocation as a
gracious gift of God’s love, to be received with gratitude, joy and
Imbued with a powerful sense of the Lord’s mercy, he encouraged his
to unite contemplation and apostolic zeal, and to confirm their
preaching by the
example of their lives.
Saint Joseph Cottolengo, who lived a generation
Saint Leonard, was another outstanding apostle of charity. Early in his
priesthood, after a dramatic encounter with human suffering, he founded
"Little Home of Divine Providence", involving scores of people –
priests, religious and laity alike – in a great charitable outreach
May the example of these two great priests, outstanding
their love of God and their devotion to Christ and the Church, continue
inspire and sustain the many priests today who generously devote their
God and to the service of our brothers and sisters in need.
I offer a most cordial welcome to the ecumenical delegations from the
Lutheran Church of Norway and from the Church of England. My warm
goes to the group of Jewish leaders visiting the Vatican with the Pave
Upon all the English-speaking visitors and pilgrims present
Audience, especially those from England, Scotland, Norway, Indonesia and
United States of America I invoke Almighty God’s blessings of joy and