VATICAN CITY, 4 NOV 2010 (VIS) - Made public today was a message sent in the Pope's name by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. to Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of San Cristobal de La Habana, Cuba, for the opening a new headquarters of the archdiocesan seminary of St. Charles and St. Ambrose.
In the text the Holy Father expresses the hope that the new inauguration may be, "at one and the same time, a sign and a stimulus for a renewed commitment to strive for the careful human, spiritual and academic preparation of the those who, in that institution, ready themselves for the priestly ministry".
The Pope invites the seminarians "increasingly to identify themselves with the sentiments of Christ the Good Shepherd, through assiduous prayer, serious dedication to study, humbly listening to the divine word, dignified celebration of the Sacraments, and courageous witness of His love as authentic disciples and missionaries of the Gospel of salvation".
The Holy Father "entrusts the entire community of this educational institution to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary who, with the title of Our Lady of Charity, is fervently invoked by the beloved nation of Cuba".
MESS/ VIS 20101104 (210)