2013-05-15 17:06:06

Pray for bishops and priests, says Pope

(May 15, 2013) Pray for the priests and bishops that they do not yield to the temptation of money and vanity but serve the people of God, Pope Francis exhorted a group of Vatican Radio employees attending his Mass celebrated in Santa Marta’s chapel on Wednesday. The Pope’s homily was taken from the passage of the Acts of the Apostles, where Paul exhorts the elders of the Church of Epheseus to watch over themselves and the entire flock. Shepherds must be attentive to ravenous wolves , said the Pope. The bishops and priests, he said, are at the service of others and have to preserve, build and defend them. He explained that it is a relationship of protection and love between God and the pastor and the pastor and the people. A bishop and the priest, must look after the flock entrusted to their care. But we are all sinners, even the bishop and the priest, and we may be may be tempted by greed for wealth and power. When this happens people do not love them. St. Paul reminds us that he worked and did not have a bank account.. So let us pray for our bishops and priests that they do not fall into temptations but remain true pastors and look after their flock with loving care.

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