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Pope encourages African bishops to support their priests

March 22, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on Saturday, March 20, with bishops from Burkina Faso and Niger, who were in Rome for their ad limina visits. The Holy Father strongly encouraged "new missionary efforts" in the African countries, and praised the bishops for their work to promote social justice.

During this Year for Priests, the Pope said, the bishops should make a special effort to promote solid formation of candidates for priestly ministry and to continue providing adequate support and guidance for all pastors.


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