Iraqi Church celebrates the ordination of two priests

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Iraqi Church celebrates the ordination of two priests

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The Chaldean patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, has led the ordination Mass of two new priests in the Iraqi Church.

In his homily, he said that Jesus "is our example" to priests and pastors because He gave “his life for his flock". Hence, every bishop and every priest “must be like Him: a caring and kind father, and clear about pastoral care, wisdom and joy.”

The liturgical service took place on January 17 in Baghdad’s St Joseph Cathedral, and represents a moment of joy and celebration for a Christian community marked, like the rest of the country, by violence and proxy wars.

The patriarchate’s two curial bishops, Mgr Shlemon Warduni and Mgr Basil Yaldo, were present as were the bishops of the Sister Churches, Mar Youssef Aba and Mar Elia Isaac, papal officials not to mention numerous priests, monks, nuns and faithful.

Speaking directly to Fr. Hanna Jihad Issa and Fr. Shamil Khidr Salim, the Chaldean primate invited them to "always follow" in the footsteps of Christ, striving to "live what we preach". Only this way, he added, is it possible to "establish trust" with people.

Lastly, he reminded the new priests and the community of “the importance of prayer to illuminate our path" and “overcome difficulties".

Cardinal Sako concluded the service by wishing the new priests a fruitful and constant service for the Church in Iraq under its current difficult circumstances.

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:16
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