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Benedict XVI uses St. Alphonsus Liguori as example to inspire priests

Benedict XVIAlphonsus? pastoral zeal also found expression in his moral teaching, which emphasized divine mercy and the relationship between God?s law and our deepest human needs and aspirations.” St. Alphonsus Liguori founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1732, also known as Redemptorists. It currently has over 5,000 members and is active in 78 countries. The Pope described them as “genuine itinerant missionaries.” Benedict XVIHe began as a missionary among the urban poor, gathering small groups for prayer and instruction in the faith. Broadening his pastoral outreach, he founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.” St. Alphonsus Liguori was a doctor of civil and canon law but abandoned his promising career as a lawyer to become a priest. Pope Pius IX appointed him as a Doctor of the Church. Benedict XVIMay this great Doctor of the Church, venerated also as the patron of moral theologians, help us to respond ever more fully to God?s call to grow in holiness, and inspire in priests, religious and laity a firm commitment to the new evangelization.” The general audience was held in a sunny St. Peter?s Square and welcomed more than 10,000 people. BR/AECTVJMBN