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Pope: A Bishop doesn't own his diocese, just like a priest doesn't own his parish

2014-03-26

(-ONLY VIDEO-) In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  He explained that priests are ordained to serve, therefore, a Bishop doesn't own his diocese, just like a priest doesn't own his parish. Rather, the Pope explained, it all belongs to the Lord. 

To not lose this call to service, the Pope asked all priests and Bishops to nurture their vocation through prayer and the Sacraments. 


SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

In our catechesis on the sacraments, we now turn to the sacrament of Holy Orders. 

Building on the vocation received in the sacraments of Christian initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist – the sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony correspond to two specific vocations and are two ways of following Christ and building up his Church.  

Holy Orders, in its three grades of bishop, priest and deacon, is the sacrament of pastoral ministry.  Jesus entrusted his Apostles with the care of his flock and in every age the ordained make present in the Christian community the one Shepherd who is Christ.  Following the Lord’s own example, they lead the community as its servants.  Theirs must be lives of passionate love for the Church for whose purification and holiness the Lord gave himself completely, and they must constantly renew the grace and joy of their ordination through prayer, penance, and daily celebration of the Eucharist.  Today, let us pray for all the Church’s ministers, especially those most in need of our prayers, and ask the Lord always to grant his Church holy, generous and merciful pastors after his own heart.

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I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from the United Kingdom, England, Australia, Denmark, Malta, China, Japan and the United States.  Upon you and your families I invoke joy and peace in Christ our Lord. 


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