Pope Francis: Be priests among your people

Celebrating the Chrism Mass with his priests on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis said the sacred oil reminds us that the priest must anoint his people, by going out into people’s everyday lives. He invited the 1600 men gathered in St Peter’s Basilica to “go out…to the ‘outskirts’ where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters.” It is only by “going out” — to the “outskirts,” he said that a priest then will experience his “own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy.” If he seldom “goes out” of himself, a priest “misses out on the best of our people, on what can stir the depths of his priestly heart.” He can therefore risk becoming …

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