|Vatican||POPE SAYS PRAYER GIVES MEANING TO PRIESTHOOD|
A personal relationship with Christ is the lifeblood of the priestly vocation, Pope John Paul II told a Salesian community which was hosting him during his recent mountain vacation in Italy.|
"The roots of our vocation to be apostles are grounded in a personal experience with Christ," John Paul II said during the homily of a Mass he celebrated in Les Combes, the village in the Italian Alps where he spent his summer vacation from 10-22 July.
"In meeting him, a new way of living begins, which is no longer for ourselves, but for him, who died and rose again for us, leaving the old man behind, to be conformed ever more fully with Christ, the new Man," the Pope explained.
The Holy Father prayed that the Lord may give 'ministers worthy of his grace', while present with his Salesian hosts and some groups of faithful, before travelling to Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence outside Rome.
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|25 July 00|