Year of Faith concludes reflecting on the challenges of priesthood

The seminar, which focused on ‘Challenges of priesthood in the modern world’, was attended by seminarians from the Dioceses of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan.

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Nov 20 2013, 3:21 PM
Year of Faith concludes reflecting on the challenges of priesthood

The Church of Pakistan reflected on the role, charisma and challenges of priesthood in the modern world at a recent seminar held at the St. Francis Xavier philosophical pontifical institute in Lahore.

After several ecumenical initiatives dedicated to the theme of peace and unity, the Catholic community in Pakistan concluded the Year of Faith focusing on all the young people who are preparing for priesthood.

The seminar, which focused on ‘Challenges of priesthood in the modern world’, was attended by seminarians from the Dioceses of Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad-Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan.

"Every man needs a spiritual guide in order to carry out a spiritual journey in faith and to get closer to God," said Father Nadeem John Shakir, Secretary of the Commission for Social Communications in the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan and director of the Rabita Manzil Multimedia Centre.

Father Shakir, main speaker of the seminar, stressed the key challenges that every priest faces today in the modern world, especially referring to the Pakistani context: Fundamentalism, individualism, nepotism, sectarianism Community. He quoted John Paul II, remembering that every priest is called to be "rooted in Christ the Lord, is a gift of God to his Church through the Holy Spirit".

“By exercising his priestly ministry in a world traversed by such phenomena, what could happen is that a priest goes through a crisis of faith and identity. To meet these challenges, the priest must start again from three pillars: Sacred Scripture; Sacred Tradition; authentic teaching of the Church. If a priest does not abide in Christ and Christ abides in him, he cannot give Christ to others. This is why a priest never ends learning to know, to be, to do, to live together," said Father Shakir.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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