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POPE FRANCIS has said that “the Church has never been so well as it is today”, despite scandals such as clerical abuse. asleep he needs to take a pill. The people have so many demands, so many demands, but they are the demands of God. That makes one seriously tired, right? And one doesn’t need pills.”

The Pope made his remarks on Monday at a meeting with priests of the Diocese of Rome in the Basilica of St John Lateran. He told the clergy that scandals could not overcome the Church’s holiness and urged them to keep their vocations alive through love of God. The Pope then took questions from five of the priests in the audience, who asked him about specific pastoral challenges.

Pope Francis devoted the first part of the meeting to answering a letter he had received a few days earlier from an elderly parish priest writing of his struggles.

“I dare to say that the Church has never been so well as it is today,” he said. “The Church will not collapse, I am sure, I am sure... Sanctity is stronger than scandals.” As he has done on other occasions, Pope Francis urged priests to make their churches more welcoming, suggesting, among other ideas, that marriage courses for engaged couples be scheduled at more convenient times. The Pope reassured the priests that the Church continued to produce saints, some of them widely recognised, such as Mother Teresa, and many others unher- alded. The Pope offered success stories from his native Argentina, including one about a counter-intuitive technique of fundrais- ing that appealed to natural generosity. “One priest – not from my diocese, from another – once told me: ‘But I don’t make them pay anything, not even for Mass intentions. I have a box there, and they leave what they want. But, Father, I get almost twice what I got before!’”

He pointed to the example of an Argen- tine woman who had written him a letter on a napkin recounting her efforts to support her drug-addicted son with her job as a cleaner in the Buenos Aires airport. “This is holiness,” he said. According to the Vatican newspaper

L’Osservatore Romano, the priests to keep alive the memory of the beginning of their vocations, born in the love of Jesus, as an antidote to what he called “spiritual worldliness”.

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“When a priest is in contact with his people, he gets tired,” he said, according to a report by Vatican Radio. “When a priest is not in contact with his people, he the past.

“The letter is beautiful, I was moved,” the Pope said, speaking without a text. “The letter is simple. The priest is mature and he shared with me one of his feelings: fatigue.” In an 11-page document that he assigned the priests to read before the meeting, Pope Francis defined spiritual worldliness as an “anthropocentric atti- tude” which aims at human spiritual perfection “instead of the glory of God”. This temptation, the then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote in 2008, is “infi- nitely more devastating” to the Church than “simply moral worldliness”, such as that exemplified by libertine popes in Sister Angelique Namaika, who has helped thousands of female victims of the Lord’s Resistance

Army, will receive the UN’s Nansen Refugee Award later this month and then meet Pope Francis

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN those words spoken at the centre of our parliamentary democracy we can recognise a task for all Christ’s faithful in the years and century ahead.”

THE BISHOP OF SHREWSBURY has urged Catholics to heed the words of Benedict XVI spoken during his Westminster Hall address three years ago this week. Tuesday marked three years since Benedict XVI made his historic address to Westmin- ster Hall. He said that religion was not a problem which legis- lators needed to try and solve.

Bishop Mark Davies said that three years after the Pope Emeritus’s historic address we need to remember his “prophetic words” once again.

Bishop Davies said: “We are witnessing in sometimes subtle, sometimes aggressive ways the marginalisation of Christianity to which Pope Benedict referred when addressing the leaders of our nation.

“In our society wherever Christianity is no longer the guiding light we face the danger of new ideologies emerging to shape our future. It is all the more vital to respond to Pope Benedict’s invitation to ‘seek ways of promoting and encouraging dialogue between faith and reason at every level of national life’ so that religion can be ‘a vital contributor to the national conversation’. In Editorial comment: Page 13

Bishop Mark Davies says Christianity is still being marginalised

Benedict XVI said: “I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance. There are those who would advocate that the voice of religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely private sphere.”

‘Cowboy priest’ is declared a Blessed

BY STAFF REPORTER said, came from the fact that he “knew the love of Jesus. He let his heart be touched by the mercy of God.”

A PRIEST who was famous for travelling thousands of miles on a mule was beatified in Argentina last week. Fr Brochero is remembered for crossing his vast moun- tainous parish on a mule nick- named Ugly Face.

Fr José Gabriel Brochero of Cordoba, who died in 1914, was known to locals as the gaucho, or “cowboy”, priest. Pope Francis said that for Fr Brochero’s parishioners a visit from their priest was like “a visit from Jesus to each family”.

In a letter to Argentina’s bishops’ conference Pope Francis described Fr Brochero as “a normal man, fragile, like any of us”. His greatness, he Even after going blind from leprosy, the Pope said, Continued on Page 4

While voicing sympathy, the Pope said such an experience was an inevitable part of priestly life.

Archbishop says travelling in a Mercedes made him feel uneasy


” In a homily at a Mass wi th seminarians at Walsingham la st weekend, he said he had ask ed himself if he should be follo w- ing Pope Francis’s example of using older cars. “What am I doing here? What do I kn ow about questions involving t

POPE FRANCIS has placed a temporary hold on the grant- ing of the honorific title monsignor.

According to the Italian daily Il Messaggero the Pope made the decision in April, shortly after his election, instructing the Secretariat of State to stop approving requests for priests to be given the honour. The mora-

BY DAVID V BARRE TT regulation of the finance indu s- try?” he said. “I also thoug ht that I should be in a Ford Foc us (or even a battered old Renau lt 4), heading off to one of t he many economically depriv ed parts of London !” own particular vocation. I am a ‘missionary disciple’. That is whatIamandwhyIam in this ca r. fied. I have not spoken wel l. The congregation se em restless and distracted, t he servers are shuffling arou nd behind m e. ARCHBISHOP Vincent Nicho ls of Westminster has said th at travelling in a silver Merced es to meet business leaders in London made him start que s- tioning himsel f. But a phrase came to h is mind, he said. “It consoled m e, and also gave me a sense of identity and purpose as Cana ry Wharf drew near. The phrase is one often used by Pope Franc is to describe our fundament al vocation, a title given to us in baptism and lived out in o ur “This is where the Lo rd wants me to be. This is h is initiative. So no matter h ow uncomfortable I feel in t he silver Mercedes I am there on ly because he wants me there. S o, this is the Lord’s business. To remember that is a great libe r- ation

PopestopsmakingpriestsmonsignorsEastEndersactress:supportpoorinBrazil he Archbishop Nichols al so said: “Often, as a celebrant a nd preacher, I am quite dissati


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.” “But then a great peace c an cometome.Iamhere,a sa priest, at this and every Mas s, to do one thing above all els e. It is to lift Him up... I lift h im up: his body, broken and giv en for us; his blood, poured out f or us. And, for those moment s, the church falls silent, all hea ds are raised and bowed. It happens

The categories of monsi - gnor – Protonotary Apostolic , Honorary Prelate and Chap - lain of His Holiness – wer e greatly simplified by Pop e Paul VI in his motu propri o Pontificalis Domus in Marc h 1968

BY DAVID V BARRETT torium will continue at least until October, when Pope Francis meets his council of eight cardinal advisers to discuss, among other topics, reform of the Curia. The title of monsignor is usually given to a priest as a reward for his service to the Church, most often on the recommendation of their bishop.

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