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Pope Francis calls for prayers for Church’s ministers, especially those most in need

The Holy Father spoke out today about Holy Orders and those who lead ‘lives of passionate love for the Church’

Pope Francis devoted his general audience this morning to Holy Orders, focusing on those called to the priesthood and those most in need of prayer.

Speaking in front of a crowd of thousands who braved the poor weather in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said that the sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony ‘correspond to two specific vocations’ and are ‘two ways of following Christ and building up his Church.’

“Holy Orders, in its three grades of bishop, priest and deacon, is the Sacrament of pastoral ministry,” Pope Francis said. “Jesus entrusted his Apostles with the care of his flock and in every age the ordained make present in the Christian community the one Shepherd who is Christ. Following the Lord’s own example, they lead the community as its servants.

“Theirs must be lives of passionate love for the Church for whose purification and Holiness the Lord gave himself completely, and they must constantly renew the grace and joy of their ordination through prayer, penance, and daily celebration of the Eucharist.

“Today, let us pray for all the Church’s ministers, especially those most in need of our prayers, and ask the Lord always to grant his Church holy, generous and merciful pastors after his own heart.”

The Holy Father concluded his address by greeting all the English-speaking pilgrims at the audience including those from the United Kingdom.


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