Pope: Mary’s assumption sign of hope, example for priests

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — The assumption of Mary is a sign of hope for all Christians that through baptism and by faithfully following Christ they will have eternal life, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“In the Virgin assumed into heaven we contemplate the coronation of her faith, of that journey of faith that she indicates for the Church and for each of us; she, who at every moment welcomed the word of God, has been assumed in heaven,” the pope said Aug. 15.

Pope Benedict, his right arm still in a cast, celebrated Mass for the feast of the Assumption in the tiny parish Church of St. Thomas of Villanova, just across the square from the papal villa at Castel Gandolfo.

In his Angelus address after the Mass, the pope tied the feast to the Year for Priests and asked the world’s priests to teach their faithful about Mary, using as their model St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests.

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