In a way, his ministering in the United States is just returning a much-appreciated favor.
“We were instructed by Europeans and Americans. We have grown up and we are also coming back to give the work we have received from you.
“You should feel proud of what we are doing.”
He would like to see more young people become interested in the priesthood.
“Not only in America is there a crisis, but also in Europe. It’s more serious there than in America. We need to pray for that.
“And pray for me, because I am a human being. I have my strengths and also my limitations. I rely also on prayer.
“St. Peter said his role was to strengthen his brothers. I will try to call everybody here to live a life where love becomes effective. Love should always reign. If we live that way, we will live a happy life.
“That’s my agenda: to try to encourage people to live in love. I have the responsibility to extend my love,” which he does by visiting other churches.
“Jesus gave us the story of the good Samaritan. He had to help this guy. He didn’t ask his religion. He saw only the needs of that person.
“I see myself here to promote the unity in all us Christians. We need to become one family and live away from all the divisions, to live as Christians. The principle of love should reign among us ... make us live in peace.
“The challenge we have is to try to reach out to other churches and instill peace in the minds of everybody, hope and love.”
E-mail Debra Minor Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.