Pope Francis: The spiritual fatherhood of priests

Fatherhood was the main theme of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass celebrated in Santa Marta chapel. He said: The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. Pope Francis was inspired by Wednesday’s passage from Genesis, in which God promises an elderly Abram the joy of a child, along with descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. He then asked priests to “defend” the people entrusted to them with the heart of a father. Pope Francis said: “When a man does not have this desire, something is missing. Something is wrong. All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, w …

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