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Pope Francis to new bishops: No to abuse of power, of conscience. No to clericalism


Pope Francis met with the 74 newly-appointed bishops from the mission territories of 34 countries of all continents. 

They are participating in a course held at the Vatican to learn about their new roles and responsibilities.

Pope Francis spoke to them about three essential traits that a bishop needs to be: a man of prayer, a man of proclamation and a man of communion.

POPE FRANCIS
“This is the Pastor who prays! One who has the courage to discuss with God for his flock. Active in prayer, he shares the passion and the cross of his Lord.”

During the meeting, the pope also spoke up against clericalism and leaderism “saying no to abuse - either of power, of conscience, any abuse - means strongly saying no to any form of clericalism.” In this way he was telling them that they are not owners in their diocese, but should be of service to the people.