Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests on Sunday, which was not only Mother’s Day, but also the Catholic Church’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations according to Vatican News. Agostino Vallini, the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, and Archbishop Filippo Iannone, the Vicegerent of Rome, joined the Holy Father to celebrate the Ordination Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
It was truly a local event for the Vatican, as 11 of the 13 priests were ordained for the Diocese of Rome. The two other men originated from the Middle East and Asia; one from the religious of the Order of Discalced Augustinians from Pakistan and the other is a Vietnamese seminarian from the Diocese of Vinh. Vatican News reported the rectors of the seminaries and pastors of the new priests were also present with the auxiliary bishops of Rome to witness the occasion.
Vatican Radio in English reposted the Vatican Radio in Hungary’s Facebook Page photo, seen above, of the 13 priests face down as the newly ordained devoted their lives to the service of God. Catholic churchgoers worldwide heard homilies similar to Pope Francis' Ordination Mass homily, which was based upon Sunday’s reading of the Holy Gospel according to John, "The Good Shepherd." For the occasion of Mother’s Day, some priests chose to insert moms as examples of “The Good Shepherd,” whereas others intertwined the leaders of countries, both good and bad.
Pope Francis called on the ordained to become “true priests of the New Testament.” The Holy Father reminded the 13 of their dedication to thier vocation and the sacrifices that are to be made, as they should always serve as “The Good Shepherd.”
"Be aware that you were chosen to exercise the priestly work of Christ with joy and sincere charity, to be intent on pleasing God, and not yourselves. Have always before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd, who did not come to be served, but to serve, and to seek and to save those that were lost.
Pope Francis then took his message of “The Good Shepherd” to the people of Rome in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly Regina Caeli prayer. The Pontiff asked Catholics to “bother your pastors” and “open their hearts” to the needs of the parishioners, which the Holy Father proclaimed would guide them to be more like “The Good Shepherd.”