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INDIZIONE DELL'ANNO SACERDOTALE: COMUNICATO UFFICIALE

COMUNICATO: INDIZIONE DELL'ANNO SACERDOTALE

The translation here is my own.

In occasione del 150° anniversario della morte del Santo Curato d'Ars, Giovanni Maria Vianney, Sua Santità ha annunciato questa mattina che, dal 19 giugno 2009 al 19 giugno del 2010, si terrà uno speciale Anno Sacerdotale, che avrà come tema: "Fedeltà di Cristo, fedeltà del sacerdote".

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of the Holy Curé of Ars, Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, His Holiness announced this morning that, from 19 June 2009 until 19 June 2010, a special Sacerdotal Year will be held, which will have as its theme: "Fidelity of Christ, Fidelity of the Priest."

Il Santo Padre lo aprirà presiedendo la celebrazione dei Vespri, il 19 giugno p.v., solennità del Sacratissimo Cuore di Gesù e Giornata di santificazione sacerdotale, alla presenza della reliquia del Curato d'Ars portata dal Vescovo di Belley-Ars; lo chiuderà, il 19 giugno del 2010, prendendo parte a un "Incontro Mondiale Sacerdotale" in Piazza San Pietro.

The Holy Father will open it by presiding at the celebration of Vespers on 19 June, solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, in the presence of the relics of the Curé of Ars brought by the Bishop of Belley-Ars; he will close it on 19 June 2010, by participating in a World Encounter of Priests in Saint Peter's Square.

Durante questo Anno giubilare Benedetto XVI proclamerà San Giovanni M. Vianney "Patrono di tutti i sacerdoti del mondo". Sarà inoltre pubblicato il "Direttorio per i Confessori e Direttori Spirituali" insieme ad una raccolta di testi del Sommo Pontefice sui temi essenziali della vita e della missione sacerdotale nell'epoca attuale.

During this Jubilee Year Benedict XVI will proclaim Saint Jean-Marie Vianney "Patron of all the priests of the world." Also to be published are a "Directory for Confessors and Spiritual Directors" together with a collection of texts of the Supreme Pontiff on the essential themes of the life and mission of priests in the present time.

La Congregazione per il Clero, d'intesa con gli Ordinari diocesani e i Superiori degli Istituti religiosi, si preoccuperà di promuovere e coordinare le varie iniziative spirituali e pastorali che saranno poste in essere per far percepire sempre più l'importanza del ruolo e della missione del sacerdote nella Chiesa e nella società contemporanea, come pure la necessità di potenziare la formazione permanente dei sacerdoti legandola a quella dei seminaristi.

The Congregation for the Clergy, in collaboration with the Ordinaries of dioceses and the Superiors of Religious Institutes, will undertake to promote and coordinate the various spiritual and pastoral initiatives that will be put in place to foster greater awareness of the role and mission of the priest in the Church and in contemporary society, as well as the necessity of realizing the permanent formation of priests, linking it to that of seminarians.

Bollettino Ufficiale Santa Sede

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What glorious news. Doesn't it just show that the Holy Father knows the problem and the need and knows before God how to seek the cure. The pun is accidental but appropriate enough.

It's as if he's making a present to St. Joseph, and to all of us, in time for his patronal day on Thursday. It is an answer to our prayers.

There must be joy among the angels and saints today! I give thanks unceasingly for the merciful providence of God in giving us Pope Benedict.

Dear Father,

Just one query: I can't work out that either today, 16th March or 19th June is the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean Marie Vianney. Surely this year will be the 154th anniversary, and on August 4th. Please correct me if I'm wrong or have misunderstood the first sentence of the Bulletin announcement.

The Curé d'Ars died on August 4, 1859: 150 years ago this coming August 4. The date chosen to begin the Year of Priests is the the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the World Day of Prayer for Priests.

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