International Conference on Religious Life Held at Vatican

Nearly 700 people attended an international conference on consecrated life, held in Rome from May 3-6 by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL). Pope Francis addressed participants on May 4. His off-the-cuff remarks focused on the Holy Spirit and discernment. According to Catholic News Service, he said, “What are the things the Spirit wants to stay strong in consecrated life? Prayer, poverty and patience.”

Cardinal João Braz De Aviz, prefect of CICLSAL, gave the closing remarks.  According to Zenit, Cardinal De Aviz, said, “We need to keep journeying together, in a synodal manner, because the Holy Spirit speaks only where there is harmony of fraternal life.”