Mother Teresa Successor to Preach Retreat

ROME, MARCH 13, 2009 ( Sister Nirmala Joshi, Mother Teresa’s successor as the leader of the Missionaries of Charity, will preach spiritual exercises for the leaders of Caritas Asia and other ecclesial groups.

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The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has asked Sr. Joshi, as well as other Asian cardinals and bishops, to preach the Sept. 6-11 retreat.

According to a statement from the council, this initiative follows from the first such gathering in Guadalajara, Mexico, last June, which brought together some 500 leaders of charity groups from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, gave that retreat.

The statement noted how “Benedict XVI has sought to place the personal encounter with God as the source that inspires and motivates Christian life.”

It added: “To know and impart God’s love as revealed in Jesus Christ through the gift of self for the other constitutes the specificity of Christian charitable activity. […] Yet, at the same time, Christians are convinced that, beside material assistance, human affliction needs a message of hope that only Christ can give through faith-filled witnesses.”

More than 300 Caritas leaders from the Asian continent have already registered for the event.

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