Vatican City, 1 February 2013 (VIS) – The Holy Father’s Lenten Message for 2013 was presented this morning in the Press Office of the Holy See. It is entitled: Believing in Charity Calls Forth Charity ― “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us,” (1Jn 4:16). Participating in the press conference were: Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”; Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso and Msgr. Segundo Tejado Munoz, respectively secretary and undersecretary of that dicastery; and Dr. Michael Thio, president general of the International Confederation-Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
“This year,” Cardinal Sarah said, “the theme of the message focuses on the compelling relationship between faith and charity … between believing in God, the God revealed by Jesus Christ, and the charity that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit and that leads us to the horizon of a deeper openness to God and neighbour. … If we talk about the connection between faith and charity we are referring to, at least, two dimensions. Firstly, there can be no true faith without action: whoever believes must learn to give of themselves to others. Secondly, charity calls forth faith, which therefore makes it witness.”
Cardinal Sarah: Faith and Charity are Two Sides of the Same Coin
February 1, 2013 by Jim Stipe
Cardinal Sarah provided his thoughts on Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten message, entitled Believing in Charity Calls Forth Charity. From the Vatican Information Service: