ADDRESS OF HIS EMINENCE CLÁUDIO CARDINAL HUMMES TO THE INDIAN PRIESTS CONGRESS VELANKANNI (INDIA), 9,10,11 FEBRUARY 2010
My Dear brother Archbishops and Bishops, Priests, Brothers and Sisters.
I am most grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this Indian Priests Congress and to offer a word to my brother Cardinals and Bishops, and to the Priests of this beloved India. The Congress appears particularly significant, since it takes place within the Year for Priests announced by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, and it takes as its object of reflection the same theme chosen by the Holy Father for this special year, namely Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of the Priest.
The Holy Father follows with great interest all the initiatives which the local Churches throughout the world have planned for the Year for Priests. Thus, your congress is also much appreciated by the Pope, who conveys his blessings to you.