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Friday 15 April 2022
1- What is in the book by the Bishop of Ajaccio (France) that the Pope offered to the priests at the Chrism Mass?
2- Countries leaning toward or against Russia and how Pope Francis can influence them
3- The war has helped to resurrect the Church in Poland
4- Jerusalem’s Christian churches resist Israeli settlers
5- Manila Cardinal washes the feet of election officials in light of upcoming vote
Vatican News reports on the book by Bishop François-Xavier Bustillo of Ajaccio (France), which Pope Francis gave to the priests present at the Chrism Mass on April 14. It is a book that offers priests ideas for their mission by quoting Kierkegaard, Camus, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, and warning against the worst temptations. The author delivers not a “good priest’s manual” but a long pastoral letter that refers to “us.” Two syndromes to avoid in the priesthood, according to Archbishop Bustillo: that of the “besieged citadel” and that of Calimero who thinks that everything “is unjust.” The Archbishop insists on the importance of the laity in accompanying the lives of priests, “to avoid a sad and neurotic life.” He says analyzing things through strict criteria, like “likes” or “dislikes” on Facebook, is “a bit short for the wisdom of the Church.” And, as the Pope often does, Bishop Bustillo reminds us that the priest is not a civil servant who gives appointments at “fixed times.”
Vatican News, Italian.