Pope Benedict XVI announced that the universal Church will celebrate a Jubilee Year of the Priest, beginning June 19th, 2009, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of the saintly Cure D’Ars.
On the forthcoming Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday 19 June 2009 – a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy –, I have decided to inaugurate a “Year for Priests” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the “dies natalis” of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests worldwide…
I think of all those priests who quietly present Christ’s words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world, striving to be one with the Lord in their thoughts and their will, their sentiments and their style of life. How can I not pay tribute to their apostolic labours, their tireless and hidden service, their universal charity? And how can I not praise the courageous fidelity of so many priests who, even amid difficulties and incomprehension, remain faithful to their vocation as “friends of Christ”, whom he has called by name, chosen and sent?
Read the full letter from Pope Benedict XVI at: Vatican web site:
Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI proclaiming a Year for Priests
Other media coverage of this event can be found at the links below:
- ZENIT – Pontiff Proclaims Year for Priests
- ZENIT – Clergy Congregation’s Letter on Year for Priests
- USCCB – Year For Priests
- Vatican site – Special Indulgence for the Year for Priests, Decree, Apostolic Penitentiary
Finally, the video below from RomeReports shows the Pope’s speech as he declares the Year for Priests:
Everyone is invited to pray for priests during this special year.