On Holy Thursday, the day in which the Church recalls the institution of the priesthood, Pope Francis shared a moment of communion with diocesan and religious priests serving in the diocese of Rome.
Ten pastors of Roman parishes were invited to join the Holy Father for lunch, including one born in Romania, and another from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The lunch took place in the residence of Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State. The priests told the Pope about their daily experiences, and the struggles they face ministering to the people of God.
Pope Francis listened attentively to their stories, and left them with two words of advice: be close to God and be close to the people; and make sure the poor feel at home in their parishes.