Marriage Pastoral: Pope Asks Priests to Be “Ministers of Peace and Consolation”

And to Put the Accent on Preparation for the Sacrament

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To defend the Sacrament of Marriage, “you are called to be fellow travelers of all persons and all situations,” to “be ministers of peace and consolation,” said Pope Francis to parish priests on February 25, 2017.
Receiving the participants in a course of formation, organized by the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, on the new marriage procedure, the Pontiff recommended in particular the “care of the littlest,’ who are separated, divorced persons in free unions, in cohabitation. 
The Holy Father stressed that for pastors it is first of all the need to put the accent on preparation for marriage: “how many of these young people . . . understand what “marriage” means? He asked, pleading for “a true catechumenate,” which includes “all the stages of the sacramental journey: the time of preparation for marriage, of its celebration, and of the years that follow.”
Priests must also “support those who realize . . . that their union is not a true sacramental marriage and who wish to come out of this situation.” Not as experts of bureaucratic acts or juridical norms, but as brothers who put themselves in an attitude of listening and of understanding,” said the Pope.
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Anne Kurian-Montabone

Laurea in Teologia (2008) alla Facoltà di teologia presso l'Ecole cathedrale di Parigi. Ha lavorato 8 anni per il giornale settimanale francese France Catholique" e participato per 6 mese al giornale "Vocation" del servizio vocazionale delle chiesa di Parigi. Co-autore di un libro sulla preghiera al Sacro Cuore. Dall'ottobre 2011 è Collaboratrice della redazione francese di Zenit."

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