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2013-09-19

Pope Francis met with newly appointed bishops who took part in an assembly in Rome organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. During his speech, the Pope asked them to avoid the "trap of careerism” and the "psychology of princes.” He advised them to be close to the people in their diocese to avoid becoming airport bishops.   


He used that term to refer to bishops who spend too much time away from their dioceses. The Pope also reminded them about the importance of collegiality

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"This forms a 'unique body' that gives you direction in your daily work and presses you to ask yourselves: 'How do I live the spirit of collegiality and collaboration in the Episcopate? How can I build communion and unity in the Church the Lord has entrusted me.'? 'The Bishop is a man of communion and unity, the ‘visible principle and foundation of unity.’” 

The Pope also spoke about the need to be closer to the marginalized, both geographical and existentially. The bishops, he added, must walk with his flock. He urged them not to forget about priests in their diocese, advising them to have an open line of communication with them while tending to their needs, especially in challenging situations. 


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