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GALILEE – On March 28, 2017, in the Auditorium of Domus Galileaeae, His Excellency Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa presided at the Eucharistic celebration, which officially admitted to Holy Orders two Italians: Samuel Costanzo and Igino Sistilli; a Spaniard, Ruben Cabrera Rosique; a Bolivian, Juan Tobias Saavedra Yriarte; and a Colombian, Mauricio Alberto De la Cruz Natera.  A Polish Marek Kurzydlowski received the Ministry of Acolyte.

For the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Galilee, this has been the third meeting with the Apostolic Administrator for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  Archbishop Pizzaballa has listened, personally and individually met all the seminarians and formators.  For him, the celebration of today also marks the end of his individual visits to all priests of the diocese, while for the seminary it is a most nourishing celebration for the candidates since the seminary was founded 2007.

Present for the event were about three hundred guests, including the Neocatechumenal communities of Fassouta, Tarshiha and Me’lia, where the candidates receive their permanent faith formation, Italian pastors of the Latin Patriarchate, relatives of the candidates and many other Italian guests.

Commenting on the readings of this Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent, Archbishop Pierbattista proposed, with usual  graciousness and elegance, a reflection on the theme of joy, affirming from the beginning that “the Lord is full of surprises, thus, will take you where you would not imagine”, and then added, “but even there where life is not possible, the presence of God makes it burst”.

In the passage about the healing of a sick man at the pool of Bethesda, and in the passage from Ezekiel about the water that springs out from the temple, the center is occupied by the figure of the temple, at whose base, however, there is no human work, but the presence of God. “Christ is our temple” he then added that “Christ heals on Saturday, not casually, but because the Sabbath is the day of the feast of God and Christ brings the feast even there where it could not be found”. “If you are here it is because you too have been touched by Christ,” he then addressed the candidates, “and you will have to become announcers, like this water coming out of the temple and that brings life, as Jesus brings hope even where it seems impossible.” The Church, in fact,  is the living temple, based on the testimony of what Christ has done in the life of each of you, ” and he added, “what the Church and the bishop ask from you is only that you make your testimony of your experience of Christ,  more understandable and tangible. ”

He concluded by presenting the image of the priest as instrument totally dedicated to God, saying to the candidates that “now, nothing should belong to you: neither money, nor success, nor the gratification of your activities, but to have a heart in God, to be instruments of God.”

After Mass the invited guests celebrated with the six seminarians, with a large buffet enjoyed by all present.

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