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‘Commit Yourselves to Christ,’ Pope Tells Pontifical North American College Seminarians

Without Being Built on Him, the Gospel, & Magisterium, Pontiff Says “Will Be Impossible” to Build Vocation

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:

Dear brothers and sisters,

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]

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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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