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Seek, Share God's Mercy with the Lost & Unwanted, Pope tells Priests

Last edited 16th June 2015

Seek, Share God's Mercy with the Lost & Unwanted, Pope tells Priests

Pope Francis told priests to seek the lost, serve the unwanted and share God's unconditional love.

"I ask you to be shepherds with God's tenderness, to leave the 'whip' hanging in the sacristy and be shepherds with tenderness, even with those who create more trouble for you," he said in a homily during a Mass in the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

About 1,000 priests attending a retreat organized by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services and Catholic Fraternity met with the pope June 12, the day the church marked the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. The theme of the June 10-14 retreat in Rome was "Called to Holiness for a New Evangelization."


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