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Pope tells bishops to guard the faith

Pope John Paul II has told a delegation of 130 bishops that their "first concern" is to be "diligent guardians of the integrity of the faith and the unity of the Church".

In a speech in French to the bishops who participated in a Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples formation seminar, the Holy Father told them to be "models for the Christian community".

He told them to "increase communion with the Roman Pontiff and with other bishops, especially within the same Episcopal conference and ecclesiastic province".

The Pope said evangelisation is not an optional extra, or a "reason for pride", for a Christian pastor. Instead, in the spirit of St Paul, it's a sacred duty.

He concluded with a message for the priests of the bishops' dioceses: "Tell your pastors that the Church counts on them to be witnesses with their word and their life. May Our Lady, Queen of Missions, help you in the service that has been entrusted to you."

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17 Sep 2004