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In search of the far-off

· Pope Francis at the episcopal ordination of Msgr Krajewski ·

Pope Francis laid his hands on the head of Msgr Konrad Krajewski — who since 3 August has been in charge of the Office of Papal Charities — during the rite of episcopal ordination which took place on Tuesday afternoon, 17 September, at the Altar of the Chair of St Peter in the Vatican. The Holy Father participated in the entire celebration at his place on the right side of the altar, and at the end of the explanatory rites he embraced the new bishop at the sign of peace.

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of Vatican City, presided over the Eucharistic celebration as consecrator, along with two co-consecrators, Archbishop Piero Marini, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, and Archbishop Władysław Ziółek, Bishop emeritus of Łódź. Ten cardinals were present, five of whom concelebrated, along with more than 45 bishops and 300 priests. Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, presented the candidate at the beginning of the ceremony and then read the Pope's mandate.

After concluding the Te Deum , the new bishop briefly greeted those present. “Today I would like to thank Pope Francis for his prayers and for his trust”, he said, stressing that the Holy Father offers them “the opportunity to worship and touch Jesus in the poor, the abandoned, and the marginalized people. This allows me to discover the face of Jesus in my neighbour. He wants me to go in search of them without waiting for them to knock at the Vatican's door”. “Your Holiness”, he said, turning to the Pope, “I know that I have to be a priest of a basin and towel”.

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