At a huge ceremony held yesterday (Sunday) in St. Peter's Square, Pope Paul ordained 279?
At a huge ceremony held yesterday (Sunday) in St. Peter's Square, Pope Paul ordained 279 priests from 33 countries-175 of them from Italy. The colourful open-air ceremony was held to commemorate the anniversary of Pope Paul's own ordination as Father Giovanni Battista Montini 50 years ago.
The priests being ordained came from Britain, Japan, Lebanon, Iceland, Austria, South Korea, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Syria, Argentina, Egypt, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Thailand, Uganda, Sudan, Nigeria, Togo, Dahomey Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Colombia, India, Mexico, Spain, the U.S.A., the Philippines and Italy.
Pope Paul's career is a shining example to the young priests-ordained to the age of 22 in Breccia, he had a full career in the Church-as priest, pastor, diplomat, cardinal-before becoming Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, the title he held at the time be became Pope on the death of Pope John XXIII in 1963.