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Pope Reminds Faithful of Calling of Baptism and Confirmation

‘Relive the effusion of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the others disciples, gathered in prayer with the Virgin Mary in the Cenacle.’

Pope Francis reminded the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the May 20, 2018, Regina Coeli that Baptism is a call to share in the divine life of the Church – and confirmation a call to bear witness to the world.

Reflecting on the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Father referred to the message of the day’s reading from Acts, noting: “This Solemnity makes us recall and relive the effusion of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and the others disciples, gathered in prayer with the Virgin Mary in the Cenacle.”

The Pope stressed that the Christian holiness received from the Holy Spirit isn’t a gift for the few, but for all believers. And on Pentecost, the Church celebrates this rich gift from the Father.

“Since that day of Pentecost, and until the end of time, this holiness, whose fullness is Christ, is given to all those that open themselves to the action of the Holy Spirit and make an effort to be docile to Him,” Francis concluded. “It’s the Spirit that makes us experience full joy. In coming to us, the Holy Spirit overcomes aridity, opens hearts to hope, stimulates and fosters interior maturity in the relationship with God and with one’s neighbor.”

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