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Prayer more important than programs, Pope tells US priests

November 16, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: At a November 16 audience with Hispanic priests working in the US, Pope Francis cautioned: “Do not put your trust only in big ideas, nor in well-designed pastoral proposals. People scare me when they come with all those pastoral programs.”

Instead the Pope advised the priests to spend time in prayer and adoration. “If you don’t pray, if you don’t worship, your life is worth little,” he said.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 17, 2023 6:22 PM ET USA

    It seems he is taking a lesson from Bishop Strickland, who is known for his deep prayer life and devoted Eucharistic adoration.