Priestly formation

Quality of clergy depends on the seriousness of their formation, Pope reminds

Quality of clergy depends on the seriousness of their formation, Pope reminds

.- The Holy Father today received the superiors and students of the diocesan seminary of Rome, the "Almo Collegio Capranica," on the eve of the feast day of their patroness, St Agnes. The "Almo Collegio," which celebrates its 550th year of existence this year, forms seminarians from Rome and the rest of Italy as well as for dioceses from around the world. 

The Pope recalled that the college’s founder, Cardinal Domenico Capranica, desired that the seminary "should be exclusively dedicated to the formation of future priests, with preference shown to candidates from less privileged backgrounds."

He concluded by calling on the students to renew their "offer to God and to the Holy Church, conforming yourselves ever more to Christ the Good Shepherd, Who has called You to follow Him and to work in His vineyard." 

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