Benedict XVI appealed to Catholics to give spiritual and material support to people who have consecrated their lives to God in prayer. The Pope made his appeal today, on the eve of "Pro Orantibus" Day, which is dedicated to prayer for men and women religious of the contemplative life. The day is observed every year on the feast of the Presentation of Virgin Mary in the temple.
"On behalf of the whole Church, I express gratitude to those who consecrate their lives to prayer in the cloister, offering an eloquent testimony of the primacy of God and of his kingdom," the Holy Father told the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square, after he led the recitation of the midday Angelus.
He added: "I invite all to be close to them with our spiritual and material support."