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Pope Francis' Homily at the Chrism Mass 2018

This is a beautiful reflection on the priesthood.  Enjoy! Pope Francis’ Homily at Chrism Mass ‘A priest who is close to his people walks among them with the closeness and tenderness of a good shepherd’ MARCH 29, 2018FRANCIS

FROM VATICAN MEDIA Below is the Vatican-provided English translation of the Pope’s homily given at the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this morning: *** Dear brother priests of the Diocese of Rome and other dioceses throughout the world! When I was reading the texts of today’s liturgy, I kept thinking of the passage from Deuteronomy: “For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?” (4:7). The closeness of God… our apostolic closeness. In the reading from the prophet Isaiah, we contemplate the Servant, “anointed and sent” among his people, close to the poor, the sick, the prisoners… and the Spirit who is “upon him”, who strengthens and accompanies him on his journey. In Psalm 88, we …

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