Pope Congratulates New Legionary Priests

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VATICAN CITY, DEC. 19, 2011 (Zenit.org).- At the conclusion of his weekly audience last Wednesday, Benedict XVI had comforting words for a group of newly ordained priests from the Legion of Christ.

The 49 priests were ordained Dec. 12 at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate overseeing the reform of the congregation.

The Pope said he wished God to support them in their ministry, so that they can carry out their mission of evangelical service with joy and fidelity.