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Consecrated people walking together towards the 2025, says Cardinal De Avizer

Cardinal De Avizer and Pope Francis talks to a group of sisters attending an audience with members of the Roman Rota, a Vatican tribunal, at the end of an audience at the Vatican January 27, 2023. The Vatican court deals mainly with appeals in marriage annulment cases. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

More than 300 representatives of consecrated life from across the world are set to meet in Rome from February 1 to 4 for a preparatory meeting ahead of the 2025 Jubilee, according to Vatican News.

It cited the Prefect of the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The four major themes are Believing in Hope (Feb. 1), Growing in Charity (Feb. 2), With the Strength of Faith (Feb. 3), and Witnessing Hope  (Feb.  4).

Feb.  2 is also the World Day of Consecrated Life, to be customarily presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica. 

 A religious man, a religious woman, a member of a secular institute, and a consecrated woman belonging to the Ordo Virginum will represent each of more than 60 countries. 

The Jubilee for Consecrated Life will be held in Rome on October 8–9, on the theme “Pilgrims of Hope, on the Path to Peace," in time for wars and diseases around.

“This meeting is the first of a series of events that bring together the five continents. It was prepared online, but 'together',” said Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

"It’s a new style (consecrated life meeting the Synod) to prepare for the Jubilee, a very important moment for the Church which brings us close to the experience of God," said Cardinal Braz de Aviz.

He added, “We are living a moment of reform, of renewal of consecrated life, with many problems—it is true—but also many changes in our following of Christ. We are and want to be a gift for the Church, we must breathe and live with the Church, and therefore we want to start immediately; then we will have other in-depth meetings.”

Cardinal Braz de Aviz said the new style of walking together can and must be learned this time when “an overly individualistic spirituality is emerging."

The February participants will return to their countries to continue to be a sign of reconciliation between peoples. (MTV)


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