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Pope: like Jesus, the true shepherd 'throws himself into people’s midst' with tenderness
The pastor who, like Jesus, "ends his weary day", tired of "doing good" will make the people feel the presence of God. "The pastor must be anointed with oil, the day of his ordination: priestly and episcopal . But the real oil, the inner oil, is the oil of closeness and tenderness ".
Pope: even in Christian communities there are "climbers" who are "thieves and robbers"
Commenting on the parable of the Good Shepherd at Mass this morning, Francis recalls that "the gate is Jesus." "I am not a fundamentalist," this is the Gospel of the Beatitudes that tells us to be humble, poor, meek, just.
07/05/2017 15:18:00 VATICAN
Pope: Christ, the Good Shepherd, has become the gate to humanity’s salvation because he has offered his life for his sheep
Before the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis explained the symbols of today's Gospel. Jesus "is a leader whose authority is expressed in the service [. . .] Once can trust such a leader." He is a " a friendly, strong and sweet presence, who leads, protects, consoles, and heals." Too often we leave "spiritual and affective dimension" in the shadow. May Christ sustain "all those who are called by Him, so that they may be ready and generous in following His voice.” Seven martyrs of the Spanish Civil War were beatified yesterday. The pontiff calls on the faithful to pray the rosary in May "for peace, as the Virgin asked in Fatima."
07/05/2017 13:42:00 VATICAN
Pope tells ten new priests that they were elected by the Lord, not for a career, but for service
On the World day of prayer for vocations, Pope Francis ordained ten young men from diocesan seminaries in Rome, aged 26 to 38, including one from Asia (Azerbaijan). The ritual homily was dotted with sometime scathing impromptu comments. "Do not give homilies that are too intellectual or elaborate; speak in a simply manner,” he said. “A dual life is a bad disease in the Church." Instead, “Be joyful, in the joy of Christ's service, even in the midst of suffering, misunderstanding, and one’s own sins." And “Do not be masters, state clergy, but shepherds of the people of God."
Pope: Jesus, a shepherd who reached the people and warmed their heart
In his homily this morning, Francis looks at four groups who were influential at the time of the Jesus: the Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots and Essenes. None of them could speak to the people. Jesus, however, could and was followed by crowds because "they were astonished at his teaching," and " gave their hearts to the wonder and amazement to find something good, great." The others "talked, but did not reach the people."
30/10/2017 14:13:00 VATICAN
Pope: The good shepherd is close to the people, he is moved by them
"The greatest shepherd, the Father, taught us how to be a good shepherd: he lowered Himself, emptied himself, abased Himself, took on servant status. "But, and these others, those who follow the path of clericalism, who do they draw near to?" They draw near to those in power or money or influence. And they are the bad shepherds. "
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