Year for Priests

 Pope Benedict has declared a special 'Year for Priests' to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cure of Ars, St Jean Vianney.

The Holy Father will inaugurate the Year with Vespers on June 19, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Day for the Holiness of Priests, in the presence of the relics of the Cure of Ars, brought for the occasion by the Bishop of Belley-Ars. He will close the Year on 19 June 2010, presiding at a World Meeting of Priests in St Peter's Square.

During this Jubilee Year, Benedict XVI will proclaim Saint Jean Marie Vianney 'Patron Saint of all the priests in the world.'

A "Directory for Confessors and Spiritual Directors" will also be published, and a collection of texts by the Pope on essential aspects of the life and mission of priests in our time.

The Congregation for the Clergy, together with diocesan ordinaries and superiors of religious institutes, will undertake to promote and co-ordinate the various spiritual and pastoral initiatives which are being organised to highlight the role and mission of the clergy in the Church and in modern society, and the need to intensify the permanent formation of priests, associating it with that of seminarians.

Source: Fides

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