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Have no fear if God calls

· The Pope at the Angelus on the eve of the World Day of the Sick ·

Best wishes to the People of the Far East who are celebrating the new year

Man is not “the author of his own vocation”, he “gives a response to the divine proposal”. Thus, if God calls on “human weakness, we must not be afraid”, the Pope said, inviting us to “have faith in His strength  that acts precisely through our poverty” and to “trust ever more in the power of his mercy, which transforms and renews”.

Commenting on the Gospel passage of the call of the first disciples, Benedict XVI reminded the faithful present at the Angelus on Sunday 10 February, in St Peter's Square, that God “does not look to the qualities of elect, but to their faith”. It was not by chance that Simon says to the Lord who tells him fish: “On your word, I will cast the net”. This is an emblematic experience, according to the Pontiff, “of the call of every apostle of the Gospel to never be discouraged in proclaiming Christ to all men unto the ends of the earth”.

At the end of the Marian Prayer, before greeting the different language groups present, the Pope sent his best wishes to the People of the Far East who were celebrating the end of the year. Likewise, he remembered the World Day of the Sick, celebrated the next day in the Marian Shrine of  Altötting, in Bavaria.

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