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Pope Francis looks to the example of Mary and Joseph, and Simeon and Anna, to mark the 24th World Day for Consecrated Life, celebrated on Sunday, the Liturgical Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

February 2, 2020

Pope Francis began his Sunday Angelus by telling the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square that the World Day for Consecrated Life reminds us of the “great treasure” in the Church of all those who “follow the Lord closely, professing the evangelical counsels”.

The Pope referred to Luke 2:22-40, which tells of Jesus’ consecration to God, 40 days after his birth. Other than describing a ritual foreseen by tradition, said the Pope, this episode brings to our attention a few people who are “caught in a moment in which they experience a meeting with the Lord in the place in which He makes Himself present and close to humanity”.

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