.- The secretary for the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, said this week that celibacy, which was embraced by Christ throughout his whole life and to which all those who consecrate their lives to Church are called, signifies “total dedication to the service of God and man.”
In explaining the events for the closing of the Year of Priests scheduled for June 9-11, Archbishop Piacenza said the first day would be dedicated to conversion and the mission of priests.
“We will gather at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, where following the example of the Apostle to the Gentiles, we will meditate on the dimension of permanent conversion in the life of the priest and on the sanctity and efficacy of his mission.”
The second day “was originally planned for the Basilica of St. Mary Major, but the great number of priests who have registered, now nearly seven thousand, will not have enough space in the Marian basilica so we will be at St. Paul’s again. The idea is to meet together in a renewed cenacle, as apostles gathered around the Blessed Virgin Mary awaiting the Spirit.”
The closing Mass on Friday, June 11, will be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.