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Pope Francis recesses after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood.
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Pope Francis recesses after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood.

Before ordaining 10 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis prayed privately with them in the sacristy and entrusted them to Mary’s care.

He told the new priests they would have “the sacred duty of teaching in the name of Christ the teacher. Impart to everyone the word of God which you have received with joy.”

In looking at the pastoral and sacramental ministry the men will be called to carry out, Pope Francis told them to “never tire of being merciful” in gathering people into the church through baptism and forgiving sins in the name of Christ and the church.