Pontiff Greets Bishops From Focolare Event

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 9, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today greeted a group of bishops who are participating in a fellowship event sponsored by the Catholic lay Focolare Movement.

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At the end of the general audience, the Pope addressed the bishops, who are spending these days in Castel Gandolfo.

«I am pleased that you are having this opportunity to exchange ecclesial experiences from various parts of the world, and I trust that these days of prayer and reflection may help to bring abundant fruits for your communities,» he said.

Focolare reported that the event drew 75 bishops and cardinals from 40 nations. The theme of the Tuesday through Friday meeting is «Rediscovering God’s Plan Today.»

The Holy Father also addressed members of «New Horizons,» which has just received pontifical recognition as an international association of the faithful.

«While encouraging you to continue your courageous apostolate in support of our brothers and sisters in difficulties,» the Pontiff told them, «I exhort you to bear witness to the Gospel in charity, spreading the light, peace and joy of the risen Christ.»

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