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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Video message to priests

As we mentioned a couple of days ago, priests from all around the world are gathered in Ars, France, home of their patron, St. John Vianney, for a special Year for Priests retreat.

While he couldn't be with them in person, Pope Benedict XVI sent a video message, saying: "The priest is called to serve human beings and to give them life in God. ... He is a man of the divine Word and of all things holy and, today more than ever, he must be a man of joy and hope. To those who cannot conceive that God is pure Love, he will affirm that life is worthy to be lived and that Christ gives it its full meaning because He loves all humankind."

Calling the priest "the man of the future," the pontiff reminded clergy that what they do in this world "is part of the order of things directed toward the final goal."

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