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Posted on 06/10/2010 3:47:00 AM PDT by markomalley
VATICAN CITY Thousands of priests from around the world have massed in Rome in one of the largest such gatherings ever in a major show of support for Pope Benedict XVI amid the clerical abuse scandal.
Benedict is expected to address them Thursday evening in an eagerly anticipated vigil service in St. Peter's Square. It's not know whether Benedict will refer to the crisis, but his No. 2 told the prelates Wednesday that the scandal had pained and damaged the church and shown the need for a spiritual rebirth.
An estimated 9,000 priests are in Rome to celebrate the end of the church's year of the priest a year that has been marred by revelations of hundreds of new cases of clerical abuse and Vatican inaction to stop it.
In addressing priests Wednesday, the Vatican No. 2, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the revelations had harmed the credibility of the church. But he said they had also provided a "providential realization" of the need for a "new season of spiritual renewal and rebirth."
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On the Priest's Mission to Sanctify -- Pope Benedict "Be Conscious ofthe Great Gift That Priests Are for the Church"
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Men of the Same Cloth?: Old Priests vs. New Priests
The Conclusion of the Year for Priests [Catholic Caucus]
Pope Benedict XVI's Rookie Year as a Priest
Benedict XVI Urges Priests to Come to Rome
On the Priest's Mission as Teacher
Holy Week and the Priesthood
THE PRIEST IN THE COMMUNION RITES - Liturgy Prepares for Reception of the Eucharist
An Hermeneutic of Priestly Continuity [Pope Benedict to Congregation for Clergy] Catholic Caucus
Revitalizing Your Priesthood (The Grace of Ars -- about St. John Vianney)
Pope's "Lectio Divina" to Roman Priests (Part 2)
Pope's "Lectio Divina" to Roman Priests (Part 1)
The Seminary as Nazareth: Formation in a School of Prayer [Year of the Priest feature]
The Ministry of Jesus through the Office of the Bishop
Renewed... and Reconciled
100 Prayers For Priests (Catholic Caucus)
Priest Offers 'Ten Things That Promote Vocations' In Honor Of National Vocation Awareness Week
A Time to Praise our Fathers (National Vocation Awareness Week) [Catholic Caucus]
On Praying for Priests (Thoughts from St. Thérèse of Lisieux)
The Priesthood and the Mass
Vatican Aide: Priest Vocations Up in 20 Countries (England and Wales among them)
The Experience of The Call (Discerning a Call to the Priesthood or Religious Life)
Priesthood Sunday - October 25, 2009
Health Care Council Letter to Priests, "A Priest at the Bedside of a Sick Person Represents Christ"
A Vocation to Be a Priest?
Do You Appreciate Your Priest? (with a touch of humor)
In India, Holy Orders
A priests chalice
Christ for Us: The Year for Priests [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
On Mary, Mother of Priests
Bishop Olmsted on the Devil and John Vianney
Catholic Caucus: Prayer for Our Priests (Year of the Priest)
Benedict reflects on Mary and the priesthood [Catholic Caucus]
The Priesthood A Priceless Gift
Forming Those Who Form Priests: The Gift of Purity of Heart
Spiritual Mothers of Priests: Your Questions [Year of the Priest]
Eucharistic Season in the Year of the Priesthood
Pope's Address at Audience With New Archbishops: "Carry Deeply in Your Hearts Your Priests"
No Matter What, He Always "Acts Like a Priest" [Ecumenical]
On Priestly Identity
What Can I Do For the Year of the Priest?
The Rosary for the Year of the Priest [Catholic Caucus]
Pope Notes His Goal for Year for Priests
On the Year for Priests
WHY A YEAR FOR PRIESTS?
Curé d'Ars: Model Priest [Year of the Priest]
ZENIT Launches Column on Priesthood
[Justin] Cardinal Rigali on the Year for Priests
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Year of the Priest [Catholic Caucus]
The Year for Priests [Catholic Caucus]
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