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Pope Francis stresses cooperation, service, and Holy Spirit guidance in priesthood 

In an address to deacons preparing for the priesthood in the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis focused on three aspects of priestly ministry outlined in the rite of ordination: cooperation with the Bishop, service to the people of God, and guidance by the Holy Spirit. 

The Vatican shared the Pope’s remarks, intended for a meeting that was delayed due to his health.

Pope Francis reminded the deacons that the Church seeks cooperation with the Bishops, not leadership.

“The Church does not ask you primarily to be leaders, but to be cooperators with the Bishops,” he said, reminding the deacons of the importance of being part of a community and serving all without exclusivity.

Pope Francis pointed out that priesthood is deeply connected to the diaconate, which continues beyond ordination. “To serve means to be available, to renounce living according to one’s own agenda, to be ready for God’s surprise… it is a constant attitude of acceptance, compassion, and tenderness,” the pontiff said. 

He stressed the importance of the divine influence or the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their ministry. “If this happens,” he said, “your life… will be oriented to the Lord and by the Lord, and you will truly be ‘men of God’.” 

He encouraged a daily devotion to Jesus to foster an intimate relationship with His word, which is crucial for interceding on behalf of others.

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