International Retreat for Priests Is Postponed

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VATICAN CITY, AUG. 27, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The heavy schedule for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of John Paul II's pontificate prompted the Congregation for Clergy to postpone an international retreat for priests.



The Oct. 11-15 dates of the retreat in Lourdes, France, also coincided with events relating to Mother Teresa's beatification in St. Peter's Square, which the Pope will preside over on Oct. 19.

To make it easier for cardinals, bishops and priests to attend the Rome events, the Congregation for Clergy "has thought it opportune to postpone the 'Totus Tuus' retreat until another significant occasion presents itself," the dicastery said in a statement.

It instead invites bishops to set aside a day in October in which all priests "will be able to meet to reflect, in the light of the encyclical on the Eucharist and the letter on the holy rosary, on the profound meaning of the motto 'Totus Tuus' in their life and ministry," and to offer their own prayer for the Pope and his intentions.

In fact, it was the Year of the Rosary and the 25th pontifical anniversary which first prompted the Congregation for Clergy to convoke the priests retreat.