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Benedict XVI: Priests are a gift of grace

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
26 Jun 2009

Benedict XVI dedicated his General Audience catechesis on June 24th to the Year for Priests.

"The aim of this Year for Priests", the Pope said, "is to support each priest's struggle towards spiritual perfection, upon which the effectiveness of his ministry particularly depends, and to help priests, and with them the entire People of God, to rediscover and revive an awareness of the extraordinary and indispensable gift of Grace which the ordained ministry represents, for the person who receives it, for the entire Church, and for the world which would be lost without the real presence of Christ.”

Precisely because the priest belongs to Christ, he is radically at the service of all men and women: he is the minister of their salvation, happiness, and authentic liberation, continuously growing in his progressive acceptance of Christ’s will through prayer.

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