VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI conferred the pallium on 40 new metropolitan archbishops - among whom was Archbishop John Lee Hiong Fun-Yit Yaw - during Mass June 29, solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul.
The pallium is a thin white woollen strip embroidered with five crosses (a symbol of the five wounds of Christ), worn around the shoulders, which symbolises the authority of a metropolitan archbishop and his communion with the Holy See.
Traditionally, the vestment is conferred each year, on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul, to all of the prelates who reached the status of metropolitan archbishops during the preceding year.
In his homily, the pope said: "When we take the pallium upon our shoulders, this gesture reminds us of the Shepherd who takes upon his shoulders the lost sheep, which on its own was not able to find the way home, and brings it back to the fold."
But, the pope continued, "Jesus Christ also wants men who will 'carry' together with him lost humanity."
"The pallium," he added, "becomes a symbol of our love for the Shepherd, Christ, and of our loving together with Him - it becomes a symbol of the call to love men as He does, together with Him: those who are searching, those who are questioning, those who are sure of themselves and those who are humble, the simple and the great; it becomes a symbol of the call to love all with the power of Christ and in view of Christ, so that they may find Him, and in Him, themselves."
On June 30, the pope greeted each one of the archbishops, speaking personally to each one and then addressing the group.
Reminding the prelates that he had inaugurated a Pauline Year, to begin with the day's feast, the pope invoked the intercession of the Apostle to "help each one of you to make the communities entrusted to your care grow in unity and mission, in harmonious and coordinated pastoral activity, animated by constant apostolic zeal."
The pope told the metropolitans that the essential foundation for all pastoral work is "love for Christ, which must come before everything."
He reminded the group of Christ's question to St Peter:
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
That question, the pope said, should "ever resound in our hearts and stimulate our ever fresh and passionate response: 'Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.'"
From : Archdiocese of KK Website
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