Bishops called to help those who long for God

February 14, 2011

Bishops are called to help people recognize and respond to their yearning for holiness and goodness, Pope Benedict said at a Feb. 5 Mass where he ordained five bishops.

The human "yearning for what is great, for what is good" is a yearning for God that the Church must help people recognize, accept and develop, the pope said.

The only way to lead people to God, the pope said, is by being strong in one's own faith, holding firmly to traditional Church teaching and remaining united with the pope and other bishops.