Prefect of Clergy Congregation Thanks Catechists

Says They Are an Asset to Parish Communities

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 22, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The prefect for the Congregation for Clergy said catechists are an asset to parishes and a promising sign for the Church today.



Cardinal Cláudio Hummes made that affirmation in a letter sent to catechists Thursday, feast day of St. Luke the Evangelist, marking the prelate's first year of service as prefect of the Vatican dicastery that also oversees catechesis.

The cardinal said to catechists: "You are one of the most promising signs with which the Lord endlessly comforts and surprises us. In a dedicated fashion and with passion, seek to acquire and exhibit that image, which is required of teachers, educators and witnesses of the truth, by faithfully passing on that truth to contemporary man, in all of its fullness and integrity.

"I urge you to pray and cultivate with trust a relationship of love, devotion, attentiveness and silence with the Lord."

The letter expressed the cardinal's gratitude and exhorted catechists to a deeper relationship with God.

Quoting Pope Paul VI's apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Nuntiandi," Cardinal Hummes wrote, "May the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the Good News not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ, and who are willing to risk their lives so that the kingdom may be proclaimed and the Church established in the midst of the world."