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Pope Francis makes 50,000 Euro donation to Greek island of Lesbos following earthquake

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Card. Parolin ordains 36 new Legionary priests in Rome


The Basilica of St. John Lateran was full with more than 3,000 family and friends gathered for the ordination of 36 Legionary brothers, who are now forever priests in the Catholic Church.

The ordination was celebrated by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who specifically prayed for the Legionaries of Christ to have a "pathway of renewal and evangelical authenticity” with both "courage and generosity.”
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"To breathe an atmosphere of fervor, of joy, and of great solemnity as well, in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which was so full it could burst. It truly it was a very joyful atmosphere for this gift of priesthood for the Church.”

While Br. Patricio attended and supported his fellow brothers, he still has some time before he is ordained a priest. However, one priest who was just ordained described the intense experience as one of total availability, not doing anything but receiving the spiritual gifts given during this sacrament. He said he felt total peace and openness to Christ, especially at the time of prostration.
"The most intense moment was indeed the consecration prayer and the "Amen” at the end of it. Because you know that now, at this moment, and for all of eternity, you are a priest. It is an experience that is very difficult to explain in words, but is very powerful.”

One of the most moving moments was when the priests gave their parents communion for the very first time.
The Catholic congregation was founded in 1941 and is present in 21 countries. The new priests come from 11 countries, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Brazil as well as other countries in Europe and South America.