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Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Ecclesia in Africa

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  • CHAPTER V
    • I. Agents of evangelization
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Future priests

95. The Synod Fathers affirmed that "today more than ever there is need to form future priests in the true cultural values of their country, in a sense of honesty, responsibility and integrity. They shall be formed in such a manner that they will have the qualities of the representatives of Christ, of true servants and animators of the Christian community ... solidly spiritual, ready to serve, dedicated to evangelization, capable of administering the goods of the Church efficiently and openly, and of living a simple life as befits their milieu".189 While respecting the traditions proper to the Eastern Churches, seminarians "should acquire affective maturity and should be both clear in their minds and deeply convinced that for the priest celibacy is inseparable from chastity".190 Moreover "they should receive adequate formation on the meaning and place of consecration to Christ in the priesthood".191




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