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Sweden: Card. Arborelius ordains two Jesuit priests. “A Catholic priest meets all the peoples in the world in the smallest chapel”

For the first time, two Jesuit priests born in Sweden have been ordained in the same celebration. For this reason, the ordinations were sensational. On Saturday, 30 September, Card. Anders Arborelius ordained Thomas Idergard and Mikael Schink in the church of St. Eugenia, Stockholm, celebrating the Eucharist together with another 35 priests. Father Thomas Idergard, born in 1969, was a politician in the past. He has also converted himself. Apart from the parish of St. Eugenia, he will collaborate with the Newman Institute and the Jesuit magazine Signum. Father Mikael Schink, born in 1983, graduated in engineering in Uppsala before starting philosophy and theology studies. He will work in the parish of St. Lars, in Uppsala. “A Catholic priest in Sweden meeting all the peoples in the world in the smallest church and chapel: that’s the only treasure I can give you as a bishop”, said Card. Arborelius in his homily, asking the two priests to be a “sign of contradiction”, warning them that “indifference is the worst thing it may happen to you. Unfortunately, that will happen to you. Perhaps, it has never been so difficult to touch the people in their hearts”. During the celebration, the Cardinal referred to the event set up by the neo-Nazi Nordic Movement, taking place in Goteborg at the same time: to oppose those things, “the power of truth, love and mercy originating from the Gospel of Christ” are necessary, said the Cardinal.

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