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Bishop is focus of unity, Pope reminds Indian prelates

June 17, 2011

Speaking on June 17 to a group of bishops from India who were completing their ad limina visits, Pope Benedict XVI concentrated on the role of the bishop as a focus of unity in his diocese.

“Promoting the charism of unity, which is a powerful testimony to the oneness of God and a mark of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, is among the most important responsibilities of the bishop,” the Holy Father said. He encouraged the Indian bishops to strengthen the “bonds of fraternal love and mutual concern” among their priests, and to provide “guidance and support” for the religious.

Pope Benedict added a tribute to the numerous women religious who serve the Church in India: “They bear witness to its holiness, vitality and hope. They offer countless prayers and perform innumerable good works, often hidden, but nevertheless of great value to the up-building of God's kingdom.”


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