Commit yourselves to Christ, the Gospel and Church’s Magisterium.
This was the guidance Pope Francis gave to the new seminarians of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, on Sunday Aug. 25, 2019.
“I greet in particular the community of the Pontifical North American College, especially the newly arrived seminarians,” he said.
“Dear seminarians,” the Pope deviated from his prepared address to stress, “I urge you to spiritually commit and be faithful to Christ, the Gospel and the Magisterium of the Church.”
“Without building on these columns,” the Holy Father underscored, “it will be impossible to really build your vocation.”
After making an appeal to the International Community to also save the Amazon, the Pope also noticed some Argentinians in the crowds and greeted them warmly.
Here is a Zenit working translation of the Pope’s words following the Angelus:
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After the Angelus:
I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims.
I greet in particular the community of the Pontifical North American College, especially the newly arrived seminarians. Dear seminarians, I urge you to spiritually commit and be faithful to Christ, the Gospel and the Magisterium of the Church. Without building on these columns, it will be impossible to really build your vocation. I greet the young people of Azione Cattolica (Catholic Action) from the Diocese of Bologna; the boys of the pastoral unit of Rovato, of the Diocese of Brescia; and those of Ponte Nossa, of the Diocese of Bergamo.
We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon. Let us pray that, with everyone’s commitment, they may be tamed as soon as possible. That ‘lung’ of forest is vital to our planet.
I see there are some of my fellow Argentinians, whom I salute warmly.
I wish you all a good Sunday. And please don’t forget to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye.
[Original text: Italian] [Working Translation by ZENIT Sr Vatican Correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov]