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Vatican cardinal challenges seminarians to be chaste men of prayer, evangelizers

December 17, 2012

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in northern Uganda to mark the centenary of the region’s evangelization, called upon seminarians to be chaste men of prayer who imitate the missionaries of earlier times.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni preached:

What kind of priest do I want to be? A priest who testifies to Christ, because he believes, loves, and he shows it in his action and life? …

What kind of priest do I want to be for the Church a half a century after the Second Vatican Council? Am I ready to take on the heritage gained and built up through the dauntless hard work and the blood shed by so many martyrs, holy missionaries, and men and women of faith? Can Christ and the Church trust me? Am I really ready to serve in celibate chastity, as a total gift to Christ? Do I have the heart of Christ to build up the Church and undertake the evangelization of the 21st century?


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