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Pope Francis thanked the priests for the “hidden good” that they do, often carried out “with great effort and little recognition"
“We are anointed that we may anoint others. We are made holy so that we will make others instruments also of other’s holiness”
“It is very sad when you find priests who are functionaries, who have forgotten they are pastors of the people"
The priests had been working for several decades with the Raramuri, or Tarahumara, Indigenous people
The residents said they have no recourse but to organize protests because the mining firm continues to operate
Among factors affecting the number of seminarians include “secularization and lack of commitment" on the part of young people"
The pope urged the young men to remember that “when you are a priest your first obligation will be a life of prayer”
“Never forget the village, never forget your humble beginnings, and do not be ashamed of your humble beginnings”
He asked the parishioners to pray for their new priests and welcome them “with open minds and hearts” by “looking at their good qualities”