Seminarians attend a special Mass opening the new academic year at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thai Binh city on Sept. 7. (Photo:

Pope's Address to Pontifical Lombard Seminary

A temptation appears on the way that must be rejected: that of “normality,” of a Pastor for whom a “normal” life is enough. … for us “normality” is pastoral holiness, the gift of life. If a priest chooses to be only a normal person, he will be a mediocre priest or worse.