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Francis urges priests become faithful over time of ‘ecclesial purification’

Francis urges priests become faithful over time of ‘ecclesial purification’

Vatican City, Aug 4, 2019 / 03:28 am MT (CNA) .- Pope Francis published a letter to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification after revelations of abuse by some priests, so that there may be a renewal of holiness in the priesthood sunday.

That we remain faithful to God’s will, these present times of ecclesial purification will make us more joyful and humble, and prove, in the not distant future, very fruitful,” the pope wrote in a letter published Aug. 4“ I am convinced that, to the extent.

Motivating priests to reread the chapter that is 16th of, he said, “let us maybe not develop frustrated! The father is purifying their Bride and transforming most of us to himself. He could be permitting us be placed to your test to make us understand that without him our company is merely dirt. He could be rescuing us from hypocrisy, through the spirituality of appearances.”

“It may be the reputation for the Church, and every of us can state it really is our history too,” he proceeded. “In the finish, during your feeling of pity, you may continue steadily to behave as a shepherd. Our repentance that is humble in silent rips before these atrocious sins and also the unfathomable grandeur of God’s forgiveness, may be the start of a renewal of your holiness.”

Pope Francis published the page from the 160th anniversary regarding the loss of the Cure of Ars St. John Vianney, who’s the patron saint of parish priests.

He said the page is actually for all priests, both diocesan and religious, and then he delivered it “to thank you into the title for the holy and faithful folks of Jesus for many on the day of our ordination that you do for them, and to encourage you never to forget the words that the Lord spoke with great love to us.