During the first part of the vigil, live television linkups enabled those present in St. Peter's Square to share the witness and experiences of a German family with six children, a deacon, an Argentinean priest who works in a poor neighbourhood, a pastor from Hollywood, U.S.A., and a cloistered nun.
The second part of the vigil began with the Pope's arrival in St. Peter's Square by popemobile. Cardinal Claudio Hummes O.F.M., prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, greeted the Holy Father noting how this Year for Priests has served "to promote commitment to interior renewal among all clergy, for an evangelical witness that is more powerful and incisive in the modern world".
Friday, 11 June 2010
Year for Priests: Vigil of Prayer in St Peter's Square
On the eve of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, some 15 000 priests gathered in St Peter's Square for a vigil of prayer with Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican Information Service report is here.