In the message addressed to “brother priests,” the Pope thanks the Episcopal Conference of Lombardy, which for six years has organized the Day of Prayer and Fraternity with elderly and sick clergy.
“It is beautiful,” Pope Francis says, the attention that is shown to those priests who are physically more fragile.
The Pope expresses his delight that, elderly and sick priests were able to travel with their Bishops to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Caravaggio, despite restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The Shrine is located in the Italy’s Lombardy region and is dedicated to Our Lady of the Fountain.
In the message, Pope Francis thanks his “dear confreres” for their witness of faithful love to God and the Church. “Thank you,” he writes, “for the silent proclamation of the Gospel of life. Thank you because you are a living memory to draw from in order to build the Church’s tomorrow.”