Friday 23 August 2019

Pope ordains 19 new priests during Vatican ceremony

At one point, the seminarians lay face down on the floor as part of proceedings.

Priests lie face down on the floor during an ordination ceremony presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)
Priests lie face down on the floor during an ordination ceremony presided over by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Pope Francis has ordained 19 men to the priesthood during a ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica.

Most of the new priests are Italian, but other seminarians are from Croatia, Peru, Haiti and Japan.

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Pope Francis blesses one of the new priests (Giuseppe Lami/AP)

Wearing white robes, the seminarians stood in three rows before the central altar after replying “Here I am”, as their names were called one by one.

In a ritual, Francis asked if they were worthy to become priests.

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As part of the ordination ceremony, the new priests lay face down on the floor (Giuseppe Lami/AP

During his homily, he told them to carry out their mission “in joy and charity” and to never “tire of being merciful” towards the faithful.

The seminarians’ ages range from mid-20s to 46.

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