Pope Francis Exhorts Young People to Be Courageous

May 1, 2019

WASHINGTON–The 56th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated by the Catholic Church on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019, a day which is also commonly referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday.  Inspired by the Lord’s instruction in the Gospels of Matthew 9:38 and Luke 10:2, in which Jesus exhorts the people to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest,” World Day of Prayer for Vocations unites the faithful together in praying for the fostering of all vocations, particularly those of ordained ministry and consecrated life.

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Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday

In the 1930s, a young woman in Poland claimed to have vivid revelations in which she was personally visited by Jesus. And decades later, we still honor her writings and the image that appeared to her, of the risen Messiah, whose heart revealed rays of red and “pale” light, symbolizing blood and water and whose words resonate with Catholics to this day: “Jesus I trust in you.”

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