Message from Pope Benedict XVI


On the occasion of the General Assembly of the International Movement of Apostolate of Independent Social Milieus (MIAMSI), to be held in Fortaleza from 30 October to 4 November next, on the theme “Dare, hope, act. The challenge for committed Christians in a world concerned for its future”, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI sends his warm greetings to the delegates from various countries, especially the new members, and he wishes them serene and fruitful days of reflection and sharing. The Holy Father invites them to develop the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, as the 50th anniversary of its opening is being celebrated, particularly those concerning the vocation and mission of the lay faithful, and he encourages them to give an even greater place to their spiritual, personal and collective lives, so as to cooperate effectively in the new evangelization. Invoking the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Holiness sends his heartfelt Apostolic Blessing to all, and especially to those who will be elected to serve in positions of responsibility.


Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Secretary of State to His Holiness


Mrs Maria Teresa Caviglia de Navarro
President of MIAMSI
Fortaleza (Brazil)