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Mary’s Guidance, a Gift to Priests and Faithful-Archbishop Benny

Karachi: The Archdiocese of Karachi witnessed an event on June 27, 2024, as Archbishop Benny Mario Travas presided over a special Rosary prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, praying for the sanctification of the priests worldwide. This momentous occasion marked the beginning of a new initiative by the Archdiocese to promote prayer for priestly sanctification.

The service was attended by a large number of priests, religious and the lay faithful, who gathered in unity to pray for the spiritual fathers of the Church. The event was organized by the World Priest Global Apostolate, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Karachi and was held on the last Thursday of the month, which is designated as World Priest Rosary Thursday.

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The ceremony began with the recitation of the Rosary, led by Archbishop Travas, who prayed for the sanctification of priests and the protection of the Church. The Rosary was followed by a special prayer for priests’ sanctification, which was offered by the faithful for their spiritual fathers.

In his homily, Archbishop Travas emphasized the importance of listening to God’s word and acting upon it, citing the example of the Holy Mother Mary, who remained faithful despite the world’s scorn. He encouraged the faithful to pray for priests, who are the spiritual fathers of the Church, and to support them in their mission.

The Archbishop also highlighted the power of the Rosary, which is a potent weapon against evil. He encouraged the faithful to recite the Rosary daily, especially during these challenging times. He also emphasized the importance of the priesthood, which is a sacred vocation that requires dedication, sacrifice and devotion.

The ceremony concluded with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, which was presided over by Archbishop Travas along with Fr. Benjamin Shehzad and Fr. Dilawar Samuel. The faithful participated in the Mass with great devotion, offering prayers for the sanctification of priests and the protection of the Church.

This event marked a new beginning for the Archdiocese of Karachi, which will now hold a special Rosary prayer service for priestly sanctification on the last Thursday of each month at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The faithful are encouraged to participate in this sacred ceremony, which aims to promote prayer and devotion among the faithful and to support the spiritual fathers of the Church in their sacred mission.

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