Pope sets standards, Villegas new CBCP president


MODEL PRIEST. Pope Francis embraces a new priest during Mass at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, April 21. During the mass the Pope ordained 10 new priests. File photo by EPA/Ettore Ferrari

Known for his simple lifestyle, Pope Francis hits priests and nuns seeking luxurious lives, renewing a call for a modest lifestyle. In a Vatican event Saturday, Francis tells seminarians and novices, “It hurts my heart when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model of cars.” He adds, “Cars are necessary. But take a more humble one. Think of how many children die of hunger and dedicate the savings to them.” Since his election in March, Francis’ modest lifestyle — beginning with his decision to live in the Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal residence — has surprised the world. Meanwhile in the Philippines, the bishops’ collegial body names a protégé of the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin as its new president. Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan will succeed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma as head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. He assumes his new post on December 1, 2013.

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