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Catechism of Pope Benedict XVI on the Priesthood    versione testuale

The identity and mission of the Priest: To announce the Word and to administrate the Sacraments.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
During my recent visit to Turin, I prayed before the sacred Shroud, which invites us to contemplate the face of Christ and to ponder the mystery of his death and resurrection. As members of Christ’s Body, the Church, all the baptized are called to share in his saving work. In these final days of the Year for Priests, however, I would like to return to the specific ministry of the priest and, today, to his ministry of sanctification. Holiness, as we know, is proper to God, who is himself absolute truth, goodness, love and beauty.
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