The charisms of the faithful

Continuing on with the theme of bishops, here is a translation of an address by Pope Benedict XVI to more than 100 newly-ordained bishops at Castel Gandolfo yesterday. These bishops, among them blogging bishop Chris Coyne (who recounts meeting a Dutch bishop there, but I have been unable to find out who it may have been), are in Rome for an annual course organised by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregations for Oriental Churches.

In his address, the pope speaks about the charisms that the Holy Spirit gives to all faithful, and how it is a bishop’s task to unify and harmonise all these different charisms for the sanctification on the Church and the faithful.

Read the English text here.

Photo credit: Reuters/Tony Gentile

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