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A bold choice

· ​On Good Shepherd Sunday the Pontiff ordains 19 priests and remembers John Paul II ·

“Imitate the Father who never tires of forgiving”, Pope Francis said this to the 19 priests who he ordained on Sunday, 26 April, in St Peter's Basilica. Delivering the suggested homily from the “Rite of Ordination for Priests”, the Pope added several comments, paying special attention to the ministry of Reconciliation: “I ask you never to tire of being merciful. In the confessional you are to forgive, not to judge.!”. Later he paused to tell the newly ordained priests never to preach boring homilies: “may they touch the heart of the people because they came from your heart”, he said. After Mass, the Pope led the recitation of the Regina Caeli with the faithful in St Peter's Square, he invited everyone to pray for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal and recalled the anniversary of the canonization of John Paul II. “May his call, 'Open wide the doors for Christ!' — which he said with that strong and holy voice he had — always resound in your hearts”.

The Pope's homily 

Words at the Regina Caeli 

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St. Peter’s Square

Sept. 23, 2018

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