Cl Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M. Cl Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M.
Function:
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Sant'Antonio da Padova in Via Merulana
Birthdate:
Aug 08, 1934
Country:
Brazil
Elevated:
Feb 21, 2001
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English Vatican official uses Web site to discuss priesthood with priests
Jan 31, 2007
As he settled into his new role as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes used the congregation Web site to greet the world's priests.

VATICAN CITY (CNS, Jan-30-2007) -- "Ours is not an easy mission," he told priests in the message posted Jan. 24 on the Web site www.clerus.org.

But remaining united with Christ, "we will always be mindful of giving testimony to the hope that is within us to our numerous brothers and sisters who, even today, long for the way, the truth and the life," said Cardinal Hummes, who took up his new position in early December.

The cardinal told the priests that the role of the congregation's prefect is "to be a bishop for you and a priest with you."

Priests have a specific identity that must shine through their very being as well as their activities, he said.

Because priests are ordained to be ministers of the word of God and of "the prophetic action and pastoral love of Christ," the cardinal said, celebrating the Eucharist is not the extent of their responsibility.

A priest must "complete himself in the prophetic dimension by proclaiming the word and in the pastoral dimension by being a guide for the community," he said.

Cardinal Hummes also encouraged the priests to be proud of their priestly identity.
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