Pope stresses need to pray for souls in purgatory
John Paul II has written a message to encourage prayer for the souls in purgatory, stressing the special need that the deceased have and the 'boundless' nature of Christian love.
The message, addressed to the Minim Sisters of Our Lady of Suffrage, encouraged the sisters to be faithful to their charism, which consists in remembering the profound communion between the living and the dead.
"The first and highest form of charity for brothers is the ardent desire for their eternal salvation," the Pope said. "Christian love knows no boundaries and goes beyond the limits of space and time, enabling us to love those who have already left this earth".
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in sections 1030 and 1031, says, in part: "After death [we] undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect."
The Minim Sisters of Our Lady of Suffrage, founded by Italian Blessed Francesco Faa di Bruno (1825-1888), number 210 nuns and novices around the world.
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19 Sep 2002