Speaking to the congregation on Sunday which included the family and friends of the new priests, the Holy Father said, the Priest like the Shepherd is called to lead the faithful entrusted to him to true life, “a life in abundance”
The new priests listened as the Pope told them that the value of their priestly life was not just about social works, it was also about living a life in the vital presence of God.
That presence, continued Pope Benedict was made all the more intense when the weight of the priest’s cross in life is heavier.
Referring to Sunday’s readings, Pope Benedict also noted, during his Homily, that Jesus had '' lived an experience of being rejected by the leaders of his people, yet helped by God he founded a new church.
The priest, said the Pope, is called to live the experience Jesus lived, to give himself fully to his work as preacher and healer.
Following Mass the Holy Father recited the Regina Caeli during which he prayed that more people would hear Christ’s call.
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