Pope Francis announces a Year of Consecrated Life in 2015
Pope Francis has announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life. This special year began on November 30, 2015 and will end on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.
His own words provide a clue to his intent: that for the Church to grow it needs the “witness associated with attitudes which are uncommon: generosity, detachment, sacrifice, self-forgetfulness in order to care for others . . . This is the witness, the ‘martyrdom of religious life’. Religious should be men and women who are able to wake up the world”.