To The Most Reverend Patrick D'Rozario Archbishop of Dhaka

Dear Brother,

On this day of the designation of new Cardinais, among whom your name appears, I wish to send you my greetings and to assure youL of my closeness in prayer. May the Lord be with you and sustain you on this mission which the church entrusts to you today.

Many of the faithful will come to you to show their joy on your appointment. This is only right, since every gaze of the Lord that send.s us and entrusts us with a mission cal1s for joy and celebration. Accept this appreciation of your people and your friends with simplicity of heart, for when the Lord passes by and sends us, he shows the personal love he has for each one of us. Take care that this expression, ful1 of light and tenderness, may not be darkened by any trace of worldliness, or worldly merriment.

In the second. reading of yesterday’s Divine Office (Saturday of the twenty-seventh week of the year), Pope Saint Gregory the Great alerts us to the subtle d.anger of worldliness and, after an insightful reflection, says: “But how Can we who neglect ourselves be able to correct Someone else? We are wrapped up in worldly Concerns, and the more we devote ourselves to external things, the more insensitive we become in spirit”. Worldliness is deceptive and consumes the heart, depriving it of that firmness and tenderness which a Shepherd should possess.

It is my wish that your service to the Church be radiant, humble, helpfui and – above all – a clear witness for the benefit of God’s holy and faithful people.

Please do not forget to pray for me. May Jesus bless you and Our Lady watch over you.

With fraternal good wishes,

From the Vatican,9 October 2O16

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