March 19, 2013
On the feast of St. Joseph, the president of the Focolare Movement Maria Voce has written a message to Benedict XVI expressing on behalf of the whole movement “the most profound gratitude, love, and sincerest wishes”. With the coming of Easter she assured him a particular closeness “in the meditation and treasure of the great mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus”. “May He, the crucified and risen Lord, – continues Maria Voce – fill you with His joy and His peace, while you continue to serve the whole Church with your prayer and your studies”.
Through the intercession ofSt. Joseph, Maria Voce prays for all that his heart wishes for and in particular for this new page of history that has opened up in the Church with the pontificate of Pope Francis.”
Maria Voce has also expressed her most fervent wishes toward the new Pope, on the day after his election as Pope, “ in order to steer the ship of Peter and take it to wider territories.” In her message, Maria Voce, on behalf of the whole movement, assures Pope Francis of continuous prayer and a total faith in carrying out the mission of announcng the good News to mankind, living fully the specific charism of Chiara Lubich:” that all may be one”. And she continues: “ We trust that the profound communion with you and between all the faithful would illuminate in the Church, the Crucified and Risen Christ and He would render the yoke sweet and the burden light, filling you with abundant grace: light, wisdom, courage, universl love, and all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, for the good of Christianity and of all mankind.”
Updated on March, 21st 2013