Pope Benedict Celebrates Year for Priests Closing Ceremonies
Approximately 10,000 priests are joining Pope Benedict XVI in Rome for the closing celebration of the Year for Priests, a year proclaimed by the Holy Father to help priests worldwide “rediscover the grace and the goal of priestly ministry.”
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will celebrate the closing Year for Priest Mass in the Diocese of Raleigh at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Southern Pines, Tuesday, June 29 at 11:00 AM.
Speaking beneath a large portrait of St. John Vianney, patron of all priests, Pope Benedict addressed the priest shortage, explaining that that the priesthood is more than a job. He said it requires the priests of today to be on fire with the love for Christ.
At a vigil on June 10, the Holy Father answered questions put forth by several priests. The questions dealt with inability of today’s culture in understanding the priesthood and the gift of celibacy. Pope Benedict responded by saying the Church needs to do better in explaining to the world that Church practices are not intended to alienate priests from people, but to direct them to serve all.
Catholic News Service is providing stories from the three day celebration on its web site, www.catholicnews.com.
A variety of video stories is available on the Diocesan web site by clicking the CNS Video button on the right side of the home page. Current stories include the Year for Priest celebration; several stories of Catholic Charities New Orleans assisting thousands of people along the Gulf Coast impacted by the oil spill; and a report on the Basilica of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Nazareth. CNS also provides a live camera feed from St. Peter’s Square that can be accessed under the menu tab on the video screen.
Priests from around the world gather at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome for an address by Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec.