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Bishops should be pastors — not princes, Pope Francis has emphasised in an address to papal nuncios, whose duties include sending to the Vatican the names of candidates for the episcopacy.
The Pope said he wants these candidates to be “pastors who are close to their people, fathers and brothers, who are meek, patient and merciful”.
Pope Francis said the best priest to choose as bishop, or the best bishop to choose to head a larger diocese or archdiocese, is one who is wedded to his diocese — “the spouse of one church, who is not constantly seeking another”.

Dear Young Friends,
Good evening! In you I see the beauty of Christ’s young face and I am filled with joy. I recall the first World Youth Day on an international level. It was celebrated in 1987 in Argentina, in my home city of Buenos Aires. I still cherish the words of Blessed John Paul II to the young people on that occasion: “I have great hope in you! I hope above all that you will renew your fidelity to Jesus Christ and to his redeeming Cross” (Address to Young People, Buenos Aires, 11 April 1987).

“Though Zambia has been said to be a God-fearing,
peace-loving, hospitable, democratic and tolerant nation,
the current political mood, events and direction the country
has taken clearly indicates that if ever Zambia was truly
God-fearing, peaceful, hospitable, democratic and tolerant,
we are quickly falling into a nation of intolerance at different
levels of our society.”

Pictures from the World Youth Day in Rio, Brazil. Can you spot the Zambian
Flag in the first picture? (Picture courtesy of Claudio Celli's Gallery)

Rio de Janeiro 23 July to 28 July 2013.
Our Ambassadors
More than fifty Zambian youths from different Catholic dioceses of Zambia have travelled
to Brazil on 9 July 2013 to attend the World Youth Day 2013.
These carefully chosen young people who are the ambassadors of
Zambia were seen off at the Lusaka International Airport by family,
friends, priests, nuns and various Church officials.
The official ceremonies of WYD Rio2013, with the Holy Father,
Pope Francis begin on 23 July and will culminate in a grande finale Mass, on 28 July,
at Rio’s Campus Fidei arena specially designed for this function.


What is World Youth Day (WYD) all about?
World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of young people
from all over the world with the Pope.

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