Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pope speaks with new bishops about their relationship with different Catholic movements

September 15, 2011. ( These bishops were named within the last year. In a private meeting, they met with Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo, where they were asked to reflect on their mission and responsibility as they take on their new role in the Church.

Benedict XVI
“With serenity, you can listen and welcome the message given to the Church by the Holy Spirit. With this you can harvest the unity of faith and love.”

Above all, the pope also highlighted the need for bishops to work together not only with their congregation, but also with different movements and lay groups. With unity said the pope, one's community will be even stronger.

Benedict XVI
“A bishop, as you well know, is not one single person, but rather part of an episcopal unit that comes from an Apostolic body, so that every day it may lead us to Jesus.”

The pope concluded by saying that the work of the bishops both in their lives and in their diocese, should be an example to other priests in their communities.

For the last ten years, the Congregation of Bishops has invited newly consecrated bishops to Rome, so they can reflect on the responsibilities and challenges that may lay ahead.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

I pray the bishop in Texas with regards to Father Pavone will think and pray very much about what the Holy Father says here..."work together with different movements and lay groups...with unity" This seems to fit and is very timely right now, wouldn't you say? :) Also, to be an example to other priests in their communities.
All very timely...