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Wednesday 16 April 2014

The Lord is my Shepherd

Pope Francis smiles after meeting lamb. AP Photo/Osservatore Romano

A LAMB was placed around the neck of Pope Francis yesterday as he visited a living nativity scene at the St Alfonso Maria de Liguori parish church near Rome.

The photograph was released by the Vatican to mark the feast of the Epiphany.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the Pope announced yesterday that he has done away with the honorific title "monsignor" for all but a few priests, further evidence of his desire for priests to be simple, humble servants.

The Vatican's secretary of state sent a letter to its embassies asking them to inform bishops' conferences of the change. From now on, only diocesan priests who are "chaplains of the Holy Father", can use the honorific, and then only after they turn 65.

Bishops, vicars and archbishops still get to be called "monsignor" if their office warrants it.

Irish Independent

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