Dear Friends,

May the Lord give you peace!   Yesterday at the General Audience Pope Francis in anticipation of today’s celebration of the Presentation of the Lord, which is also the World Day of Consecrated Life invited people to pray for priests, sisters and brothers belonging to contemplative and apostolic Religious Institutes.   The Pope said: “Their life dedicated to the Lord, their charismatic service, will bear abundant fruit for the good of the faithful, and for the evangelizing mission of the Church.”

The Holy Father asked the faithful to pray that “through their witness of life, they may radiate to the world the love of Christ and the grace of the Gospel.”

Today I ask you to pray in a special way for Franciscan and Poor Clare Vocations in Ireland and throughout the world.

                                       Pope Francis meets Franciscans OFM

God bless you all,