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Pope Francis ordains Synod official to episcopate

Catholic World News - June 02, 2014

Pope Francis ordained Msgr. Fabio Fabene, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, to the episcopate on May 30 in St. Peter’s Basilica.

In an April 1 letter highlighting the synod’s importance, Pope Francis announced that the undersecretary would become a bishop.

In his homily, Pope Francis reminded those assembled that as the Father sent Christ to redeem men, so Christ sent the apostles to the Gospel and guide all peoples to salvation. Through the unbroken succession of bishops, the successors of the apostles, Christ’s work continues.

Recalling the various duties of a bishop, Pope Francis urged the new bishop to intercede for the people as Moses did and to shun pride and vanity. “Episcopacy, in fact, is a service, and not an honor, since it is for the bishop to serve, rather than to dominate,” he preached.

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