Dear Brothers, I send you this Easter message in the hope that your celebration will be one filled with the abundant blessing of the Risen Christ. At the Mass of Chrism we all had the opportunity of renewing our priestly commitment. It was a privileged honour to celebrate the gift of the priesthood Ė a gift that makes us collaborators in the overall mission and ministry of Christ. The uniqueness of the gift of the priesthood is the mandate to serve, which was succinctly expressed by Our Lord in that act of service when he washed the feet of his disciples.
My time in Nigeria was coming to an end, something I didnít really want to think about, so I reflected on all the wonderful experiences that I had been fortunate to have had. Furthermore, I also reflected on the deep impressions left within me, by very many individuals; be they, Bishops, the MSP, Priests, Sisters and lay people that I met on this visit.
The high point of my world youth day experience was the last two days. It was the Saturday and Sunday that marked the closing events of the world youth day. On Saturday, everyone made a pilgrimage of faith. All of us travelled to a big and expansive airfield in Madrid for this event.