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Francis' Address to Bishops' Congregation

Here is a translation of the full address given by Pope Francis last Thursday to the Congregation for Bishops.

The Essential Mission of the Congregation

In the celebration of the ordination of a Bishop the Church gathered together, after the invocation of the Holy Spirit, asks for the present candidate to be ordained. He who presides then asks: “Do you have the mandate?” … Echoing in this question is what the Lord did: “He called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two …” (Mark 6:7). In fact, the question could also be expressed thus: “Are you certain that his name was pronounced by the Lord? Are you certain that it was the Lord who numbered him among those called to be with Him in a singular way and to entrust to him the mission that is not his, but that was entrusted to the Lord by the Father?”

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O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervoUr the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn …More
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervoUr the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in union with him.
whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power.
Amen
ANNA LU
THE POPE FRANCIS IS “For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.” Pg. 234, #882“The Roman Pontiff… as supreme pastor and teacher of all the faithful…” Pg. 235, #891 (catechism)
thelastconvert
Very good speech - well written, timely and well translated. If he can appoint them then he can relieve them of that appointment - I suggest he starts there. More action and less talk is a good thing.
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