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Monday, May 10, 2010

Papal appreciation for priests

Pope Benedict XVI his expressed gratitude for priests during a recent visit with Belgian bishops at the Vatican and reminded the bishops of a great priestly example who came from their home country — St. Damien of Molokai, whose feast day is today.

"His greatness, lived in the total gift of himself to his leprous brothers to the point of being infected and dying, lies in his interior wealth, his constant prayer, his union with Christ, whom he saw in his brothers and who, like him, gave himself without reservations."

"In this Year for Priests, it is necessary to propose his priestly and missionary example, in particular to priests and religious. The decrease in the number of priests must not be perceived as an inevitable process," the pope told the bishops.

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