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Pope prays for Nepal quake victims, hopes they receive "fraternal solidarity"
A good shepherd is like Christ, someone who “is a guide, who participates in the life of His flock. He pursues no other interests, for He has no other ambition but to lead, nurture and protect his sheep. All of this comes at the highest price, that of the sacrifice of His own life.” When the pope met the crowd at the window of his study, two new priests stood by his side.
Pope: vocations are born in the Church, grow in the Church, are sustained by the Church
In the message for the next 53th World Day for Vocations, Francis urges "all the faithful to assume their responsibility for the care and discernment of vocations", as "the call of God by means of a mediation which is communal. God calls us to become a part of the Church and, after we have reached a certain maturity within it, he bestows on us a specific vocation".
Pope: Like calves, bother your pastors so they give you the milk of grace, doctrine and guidance
Quoting St. Caesarius of Arles, Pope Francis advises the faithful to be like “calves” fussing at the cow’s udder for milk. A reminder and a prayer for all mothers on Mother's Day. Greetings for the Neocatechumenal communities, in their efforts to bring "the proclamation of the risen Jesus to 100 squares across Rome and in many cities around the world". Before the Regina Caeli, the Pope ordained 13 new priests, of various nationalities: Italian, Latin American, Pakistani, Vietnamese and Korean and he urges them to be “filled with mercy”.
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Pope: consecrated life is prophecy, proximity and hope
In an unscripted address to the participants in the Year of Consecrated Life, Francis condemns "terrorism of gossip", says obedience is not a "discipline", but "gift of the heart", like that of Jesus, that true hope is not found in money but only in the Lord, and appeals for prayer for the gift of new vocations, so that as communities get older, they avoid "artificial insemination", that is, welcoming candidates without ‘serious’ consideration.
Pope ordains 10 new priests, "build the house of God, which is the Church, with word and deed"
On the Day of Prayer for Vocations, Francis says that "sometimes Jesus calls us, invites us to follow him, but it may happen that we do not realize that it is Him". An invitation to pray "for the victims and for those who are suffering because of the violent earthquake" in China and "for reconciliation and peace" in Venezuela.
Pope to youth: be, like Francis, in love with Christ and history’s protagonists
The full version of Benedict XVI’s address to over 25 thousand young people gathered at St. Mary of the Angels.
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