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Pope pays tribute to religious on Feast of Presentation

Pope John Paul II has said that one million members of Catholic religious orders have a vital role to play in modern evangelisation, whether they be working among the poor or praying in monasteries.

The Holy Father praised the work of religious men and women at a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica marking Monday's Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the eighth annual World Day for Consecrated Life.

"In the intimacy of the monastic cloister or working next to the poor and marginalised, among youths or inside ecclesial structures, in the various apostolic activities or in mission lands, God wants you faithful to his love and completely dedicated to the good of others," the pope said in a sermon.

"Christ calls you to conform yourselves to him, the one who for love became obedient, poor and chaste. Continue to dedicate yourselves with passion to announcing and promoting his kingdom. This is your mission, necessary today as in the past," he said.

At Mass marking feast of Presentation, pope cites role of religious (Catholic News Service 2/2/03)

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4 Feb 2004