His Beatitude (Cardinal) Ignace Moussa I. Daoud
Patriarch Emeritus of Antioch for the Catholic Syrians Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
We are very happy to know that the Marian Movement of Priests founded by the Reverend Father Stefano Gobbi, who continues to direct it, has reached the Middle East, and that many priests of our Oriental Churches form part of its membership.
The cenacles of prayer that the priests hold among themselves and with the faithful, in churches and shrines, call down many graces upon them, and increase their faithfulness to their vocation and their zeal for the salvation of souls.
On the occasion of the publication of the third Arabic edition of the “Blue Book”, which contains the inspired messages of the Blessed Mother to Fr. Gobbi, we encourage the oriental priests and faithful to master it, to follow the directives and counsels of the Blessed Virgin, and to listen to her continual call: “Do whatever He tells you.”
These are the children of Mary who will be clothed in the grace of God in the moments of difficulties and trials, trusting in the sure promise of the Blessed Mother, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
We therefore invite all the members of the Marian Movement of Priests to this filial obedience to the Son Redeemer, as we bestow upon you our apostolic blessing.
Vatican City, January 21, 2002