In an emotional letter, Pope Francis extended his warmest congratulations to the Superior General of the Claretian Missionaries, Fr. Mathew Vattamattam CMF, on the occasion of the congregation’s 174th anniversary on 16 July and the beginning of the events and celebrations that will end next year commemorating the 175th anniversary of its foundation.
Pope Francis began the letter by invoking divine blessings upon the Claretian Missionaries, calling upon the Holy Spirit to renew their fervor and rekindle the sacred charism bestowed upon them through their founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret. The Pope praised the visionary Saint, acknowledging his tireless and creative apostolate, which brought the joy of the Gospel to both the geographical and existential peripheries of his time. St. Anthony Mary Claret’s dedication, complete trust in Divine Providence, and compassionate outreach to the vulnerable and marginalized continue to inspire the Claretian Missionaries today.
The Pope conveyed his appreciation for the congregation’s meaningful contributions in different areas of pastoral work. He highlighted the crucial role they play in promoting the message of love, kindness, and assistance to mankind. He encouraged the Claretian Missionaries to continue their passionate efforts and uphold the same spirit as Father Claret did in his unwavering commitment to the Church’s mission.
Finally, Pope Francis expressed his sincere blessings to the entire congregation and asked for their prayers for himself, seeking spiritual support as he guides the Catholic Church through these transformative times.