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Pope wants God's love reflected in attitudes to migrants

In a letter to the congregation's superior general on the occasion of their General Chapter being held in Rome this month, Pope John Paul II urged the Cabrini sisters to be an expression of God's love, especially emigrants.

The Pontiff urged the missionaries to go "with renewed ardor toward the frontiers of charity in order to make the merciful and compassionate love of the Lord visible, and make the proclamation of Christ resound there, where Providence has placed them."

He suggested that the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus "follow in the footsteps" of their founder, St Frances Xavier Cabrini, who lived her life "totally dedicated to taking Christ's love to all those who, far from their homeland and family, ran the risk of also distancing themselves from God."

Cabrini is the patroness of emigrants.

In the "changing conditions of human mobility," the Holy Father reminded Mother Cabrini's daughters that they are called "to offer an attentive and sympathetic welcome to the migrants of our time who often carry along with a burden of suffering, loneliness and poverty, a rich baggage of humanity, courage and hopes."

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Cabrini Hospital, Malvern (Melbourne)


9 Jul 2002