On Sunday Pope Francis ordained 10 men to the priesthood, telling them to imitate Jesus in every aspect of their ministry, so as to avoid hypocrisy and draw near to their people, always serving with the joy that comes from being united to Christ.
“Aware of having been chosen from among men and formed in their favor to attend to the things of God, exercise in joy and sincere charity the priestly work of Christ,” the Pope said May 7.
He told the priests to “be joyful, never sad. Joyful, with the joy of the service of Christ, even in the midst of suffering, incomprehension, of your own sin.”
“Always have before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd, who didn’t come to be served, but to serve,” he said, asking them to “please, don’t be ‘lords,’ don’t be clerics of state, but shepherds, shepherds of the People of God.”
Pope Francis ordained 10 men from different seminaries of the diocese of Rome Sunday, coinciding with the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. They hail from different countries around the world, including Italy, Peru, Mexico and Azerbaijan.
Concelebrants for the Mass included Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of Rome, as well as several of Rome’s auxiliary bishops.
During the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis called for Catholics to pray the Rosary for peace on Sunday. In remarks to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Regina coeli with him on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Holy Father said, “[I]n this month of May, let us pray the Rosary in particular for peace.”
“Please!” he said, “let us pray the Rosary for peace, as the Virgin of Fatima asked us to do.”
Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Fatima, in Portugal, this weekend, to lead celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Blessed Lady there.