Benedict XVI Advises Capuchins on Vocations

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VATICAN CITY, JAN. 9, 2007 ( Benedict XVI received the minister general of the Capuchin Franciscans, exhorting them to live St. Francis' charism.

In his conversation on Friday with Swiss Friar Mauro Johri, the Pope offered suggestions to the order for their religious life and for the increase of vocations.

Friar Johri, 60, has headed this religious family since last September.

"Be committed to living poverty both spiritually and materially and you will see that you will have more vocations," Benedict XVI said. "They will not be as numerous as in past times, because nuclear families themselves are smaller, but you will certainly have vocations."