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Pope Sends Message to Participants of National Missionary Congress in Argentina

Thanks Them For Missionary Zeal In Spreading the Gospel

By Staff

VATICAN CITY, August 19, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Pope Francis sent a message to participants of the Fourth National Missionary Congress, which concludes today in Catamarca Argentina. The 800 faithful at the annual meeting reflected on the theme "Missionary Argentina, Share Your Faith."

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father sent his greets to the participants, as well as thanking them for their zeal in their missionary work.

"I encourage you to go out of yourselves and go to the peripheries, both geographical and existential, to proclaim Jesus and make known his message," the Pope said.

"May the Holy Spirit give you strength and make you courageous, without fear and with bravery." The Pope also prayed that the faithful may be free from "being tempted by that which is comfortable."

"Over the course of these days," the Pope's message concluded, "I will be closely united with you in prayer and in the Eucharist. I ask that you please pray for me. May Jesus bless you, and may the Blessed Virgin care for you."

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