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Pope ordains priests, calls them to be 'pastors not functionaries'

2013-04-22

During his homily, Pope Francis spoke from the heart to the ten new priests. He called on them to reflect on their ministry, adding that it won't be just about their personal concerns now, but those of Jesus Christ.

POPE FRANCIS
"Remember then that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries.”

The Pope also talked about how the Sacraments will play a key role in their vocation.

POPE FRANCIS
"Through Baptism, you will add faithful to the Community of God. In the Sacrament of Penance, you will forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church. Today I ask you in the name of Christ and the Church, to never tire of being merciful. You will comfort the sick and the elderly with holy oil: do not hesitate to show tenderness towards the elderly.”

The newly ordained priests are between the ages of 26 and 44. They are from four countries. Two are from India, one from Croatia, another from Argentina and six are from Italy. They received their formation in Roman seminaries.

Thousands of family members and friends attended the ceremony. The Basilica also had a good number of bishops and parishioners who made their way to Rome, to take part in a pilgrimage. But this time around they also welcomed the new priests.


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