Deacons and Priests: the Pope Had Something to Say Today to All of Us

The Deacon's Bench | 6/13/2019 | Staff
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He made remarks today to apostolic nuncios from around the world:

Apostolic nuncios are called to be men of faith focused on proclaiming the Gospel and shunning the power and corruption that can come from the luxurious trappings of their diplomatic status, Pope Francis said.

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The pope met June 13 with more than 100 Vatican diplomats, who serve either as nuncios — ambassadors — or as the Holy See’s permanent observers at U.N. and other international agencies.

The nuncio represents the pope and while the nuncio, like anyone, may have “reservations, sympathies or antipathies,” a good nuncio cannot be a “hypocrite” and engage in back-stabbing, Pope Francis said in his prepared remarks.

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“It is irreconcilable, therefore, to be a pontifical representative while criticizing the pope behind his back, to have a blog or even unite with groups hostile to (the pope), the Curia or the church of Rome,” the text said.

Reading the full text of his remarks (translated by the Vatican website from the original Italian) however, you find some sage advice for all of us who serve the Church and, in effect, represent it and the Holy Father to the world:

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I thought of sharing some simple and elementary precepts with you today, which you certainly know well, but remembering them will be good for everyone and will help you to live your mission better with the same enthusiasm of the first term and with the same fervent availability with which you have your service started.

It is a kind of “decalogue” which, in reality, is addressed through you also to your Co-workers and, indeed, to all the bishops, priests and consecrated persons you meet in every part of the world.

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Being a “man of God” means following God in everything and for everything; obey his commandments with joy; to live for the things of God...
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