Pope Francis to Resurrectionists: have courage to go forth
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the participants in the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Resurrection on Saturday.
Listen to the report by Chris Altieri:
The Congregation of the Resurrection, or “Resurrectionists” were founded in 1836 under the leadership of Polish revert to Catholicism, Bogdan Janski, who served especially the Polish faithful who had emigrated from their native country to take up new lives in France in the 19th century, along with Peter Semenenko, and Jerome Kajsiewicz, in order to administer parishes and educate young people.
In remarks to the participants, who have been spending the past two weeks exploring the theme, “Witnesses of the presence of the Risen Lord: from community to the world,” Pope Francis encouraged the General Chapter and the whole Congregation to go forward boldly in their mission of service.
One Mission, past, present and future
“[R]emember the past with gratitude, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope,” Pope Francis said.
“Those who believe in the Risen One have the courage to ‘go forth’ and bring to others the Good News of the resurrection,” Pope Francis also said, “embracing the risks of testimony, even as the Apostles did.” The Holy Father went on to say, “How many people are waiting for this joyful proclamation! It is not right for us to deprive them of it. If the resurrection of Christ is our greatest certainty and our most precious treasure, how can we not run to proclaim it to others?”
The 33rd General Chapter of the “Resurrectionists” opened in Rome on June 11th, and concludes Sunday, June 25th.
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