Pope Francis ordains 16 priests at Vatican, tells them always 'be merciful'

Published: 22nd April 2018 04:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2018 04:45 PM  

Priests pray during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP)
Pope Francis arrives to preside over a ceremony for the ordination of 16 new priests in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP)
New priests lie face down on the floor during an ordination ceremony presided over by Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Pope Francis is reminding priests to always be merciful, as he ordained 16 men in a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica. In remarks Sunday to the new priests from several nations, Francis said: 'Please, don't tire of being merciful' since they themselves sin. (AP)
Pope Francis blesses new priests during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. (AP)
A priest looks up as he prays during an ordination ceremony presided over by Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP)
Pope Francis is flanked by four of the sixteen priests he ordained Sunday during the Regina Coeli noon prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP)
Pope Francis blesses a newly ordained priest during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 22, 2018. (AP)
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