Pope Francis blesses new priests during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope ordains 16 priests, tells them always ‘be merciful’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica.

In remarks Sunday to the new priests from several nations, Francis said: “Please, don’t tire of being merciful” since they themselves sin.

He told them to work only in service to God for the good of the faithful.

Encouragement toward mercy and selfless service is a hallmark of Francis’ 5-year-old papacy.

Francis gripped a hand of each man as, one by one, they knelt before him. He asked if they promised “me, and my successors, filial respect and obedience.” They each replied, “Yes, I promise.”

Pedophile priests and church hierarchy’s cover-up of sex abuse have stained the Catholic church’s reputation and tested Francis’ own ability to combat the problem.


  1. Dumb question, I know, but didn’t “pedophile priests” also “Promise Filial Respect and Obedience to the Pope and His Successors?”

  2. “always be merciful” No – follow Jesus, eh?
    “He told them to work only in service to God for the good of the faithful.” No. We work for the glory of God.

  3. “me, and my successors, filial respect and obedience.”
    That’s Trump’s line….

  4. They actually found 16 men who would be celibate? Or do they like little boys.

  5. Spoken as though the two were mutually exclusive when in fact they aren’t.

  6. Jesus said in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” What do you think “mercy” is?

  7. Telling you that you will die in perdition if you don’t repent of your sin.

  8. I would not expect anything better fr9m you.

  9. There isn’t much better in this world than truth, and love.

  10. ” We work for the glory of God” because of His narcissistic personality disorder which requires us to constantly placate Him in order to avoid His wrath.

  11. Let me know when you become a wuaintedwith either of them.

  12. I am. I belong to Jesus Ben. You need to also. No one wants you to die in Hell.

  13. “No one wants you to die in Hell.”

    The hell you don’t.

  14. So you think you are psychic also? lol Don’t give up your day job

  15. Except there’s no love there. And no truth, either. Here’s some truth for you: you are a sociopath.

  16. Your delusions certainly are impressive.

  17. One doesn’t have to be “psychic” to understand your comment history.

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