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Year of the Priest


Pope Benedict XVI announced a Jubilee Year for Priests beginning June 19, 2009 and closing June 19, 2010 when the pope will preside at a World Meeting for Priests in St. Peter’s Square. During the year the pope will proclaim St. John Vianney, currently patron saint of parish priests, as patron saint of all the world’s priests. In his address announcing the Jubilee Year, Pope Benedict XVI declared “the apostolic mandate ‘Go into the world and preach the Gospel to the whole of creation’ (Mk 16:15) is constitutive of the ministerial priesthood.” Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, hopes the year will be an occasion of “intense appreciation of the priestly identity, of the theology of the Catholic priesthood and of the extraordinary meaning of the vocation and mission of priests within the church and in society.” In honour of the Year of the Priest the Congregation has developed a special website

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