Papal Prayer Intention: Priestly Formation

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 1, 2004 ( John Paul II’s special prayer intentions this month are for the solid formation of priests and seminarians, and the development of Christian community’s missionary spirit.

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The Apostleship of Prayer, entrusted with the duty, presented the Pope’s intentions. Every month the Holy Father chooses two intentions: one general, the other specifically missionary.

The general intention for April is: «That solid preparation of the candidates for holy orders and permanent training of ordained ministers may be carefully provided for.»

A prayer composed by the Apostleship of Prayer acknowledges that the mission of priests is more difficult every day «in a world that constantly proposes new approaches, fruit of the progress of the sciences, technology and the evolution of society. The word of a person in authority is no longer sufficient.»

The prayer ends as follows: «Lord, may the Church succeed in giving the necessary formation to the candidates for ordination and then conserve their aptitude with a permanent formation that will dispose them to dialogue with the culture of today’s society.»

The missionary intention is «That the missionary spirit ‘ad gentes’ may become a theme of reflection and a matter of constant commitment in the ordinary pastoral activity of the Christian community.»

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