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Pope asks for prayer and support for vocations

Many of the young people Pope John Paul II met and encouraged to follow God's call in the early days of his pontificate are priests, nuns and parents today, he said. After having prayed about their own vocations 20 or 25 years ago, he said, it is time for them to support a new generation in discovering God's plan for their lives.

Catholic News Service reports that in his message for the 2005 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the pope said that throughout his 26-year pontificate he has met young people filled with happiness and enthusiasm, "but also thoughtful, because they were conscious of a desire to give full meaning to their lives."

"Young people need Christ, but they also know that Christ chose to be in need of them," he said in the message released.

The theme for the 2005 day of prayer, to be observed 17 April in most countries, is "Called to Put Out Into the Deep." The theme is taken from Jesus' words to St. Peter and the disciples, encouraging them to set out again and cast their nets after a night of unsuccessful fishing.

Pope asks adults to support young people's prayers about vocations (Catholic News Service 10/1/05)

Papal Message for 2005 Day of Prayer for Vocations
Catholic Vocations Ministry Australia

Pope says Eucharist celebration will attract vocations (CathNews 7/4/04)
Pope says hurting world is a reason to pray for vocations (CathNews 14/7/04)
Pope says standards must be maintained during vocations crisis (CathNews 29/5/02)

Pope Still Draws People by the Millions (Zenit 10/1/05)

12 Jan 2005