Pope Francis ordains Synod official to episcopate
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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- Ordinazione Episcopale conferita dal Santo Padre Francesco (Holy See Press Office)
- Program of the ordination Mass (Holy See)
- Pope Francis ordains new Synod undersecretary to episcopacy (Vatican Radio)
- Pope highlights importance of Synod of Bishops (CWN, 4/8)
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