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Pope encourages seminarians to take preparation seriously

Catholic World News - August 08, 2013

Meeting with a group of seminarians from Brescia, Italy, Pope Francis told them that preparing for the priesthood “is a serious thing. It is like getting married.”

The Pope met with a group of young men just beginning their seminary studies, who were in Rome for the 35th anniversary of the death of Pope Paul VI. The Pontiff told them that although preparation for the priesthood can be a difficult challenge, “when you take something seriously it becomes beautiful.”

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  • Posted by: frhugh1967 - Aug. 08, 2013 9:23 PM ET USA

    Then, with due respect, the formation should be completely revised to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the 21st Century. Fr Hugh Purcell FIMLS

  • Posted by: wvcatholic - Aug. 08, 2013 5:56 PM ET USA

    It would probably be much more appropriate to tell those getting married that they should prepare for that Sacrament with the intensity of seminarians, than to tell seminarians to prepare as would those getting married. With that said, I believe the Holy Father was correctly emphasizing the need to approach Holy Orders with a passionate love - in its purest sense.

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