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Pope Francis tells priests to 'Let your words be simple so that everyone can understand'

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11/11/2015 (3 years ago)
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Pontiff encourages priests to keep their homilies short and simple

After ordaining a Rome pastor as an auxiliary bishop of Rome, 61-year-old Bishop Angelo De Donatis, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis urged priests to give short, clear homilies.

'Homilies should be the transmission of God's grace. Simple, so that everyone can understand them and everyone will want to become a better person,' Pope Francis told the new bishop.

"Homilies should be the transmission of God's grace. Simple, so that everyone can understand them and everyone will want to become a better person," Pope Francis told the new bishop.


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11/11/2015 (3 years ago)

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Keywords: Pope Francis, homilies, brevity, Bishop Angelo De Donatis, ordination

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Let your words be simple so that everyone can understand," Pope Francis said. "Don't give long homilies.

"Homilies should be the transmission of God's grace. Simple, so that everyone can understand them and everyone will want to become a better person," Pope Francis told the new bishop.

Celebrated on the feast of the dedication of the basilica, the building serves as the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome.

Pope Francis used the homily prescribed for the occasion by the Italian bishops' conference, as is customary. As Pope Francis usually does, however, he added a few personal comments, such as those about Bishop De Donatis' father.

"Allow me to ask you to remember your dad and how very happy he was to have found another parish in a town nearby where the Mass was celebrated without a homily!"

Pope Francis e pope was about to present the bishop with his Episcopal ring, as a "sign of fidelity," but then added, "Do not forget: Before this ring, there were the wedding bands of your parents. Defend the family!"

The Pope also asked him to be patient with priests, seminarians, the poor and laypeople who come to him looking for counsel. "Many times you will need a lot of patience," the Pope said, "but the kingdom of God is built that way.

"And close to the beginning of the Year of Mercy, I ask you as a brother to be merciful," he added. "The church and the world need so much mercy. Teach priests and seminarians the path of mercy with words, yes, but especially with your behavior."

In his mercy, God always makes room for everyone in his heart, Pope Francis said, so priests and bishops should "never chase anyone away."


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