Pope Francis: ” You are pastors, not functionaries”

“Do not tire of being merciful”, “do not hesitate to show tenderness with the elderly” and “dispense to all the Word of God that you yourselves have received with joy.” On the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis ordained ten new priests, explaining the priorities in the life of a priest. The six Italians, two Indians, an Argentine and a Croat who were incardinated in the diocese of Rome, were asked by their Bishop to remember the mothers, grandmothers, and catechists who have made known to them the Word of God, calling on them to “carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ.” ” Keep always b …

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