Pope Francis inspires Colombian priest to sell Mercedes . How many religious are willing to accept this challenge in Mumbai?

Bogotá, Colombia, Jul 11, 2013 / 12:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by the words and example of Pope Francis, a priest in Santa Marta, Colombia, said that he has decided to sell the luxury Mercedes-Benz his family gave to him.

On July 9, Father Hernando Fajid Alvarez Yacub, chaplain of Saint Michael’s Cemetery, told reporters that the money he gets from selling the car – valued at $62,000 – will be given to his family members.

The family gave him the car a year ago as a gesture of gratitude for caring for his three younger siblings after their parents died.

The decision came two days after Pope Francis told a group of seminarians and novices in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall that “it hurts me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car.”

“And, if you like that beautiful car, think about how many children are dying of hunger,” he advised, urging them to choose humble transportation options. The Pope himself was known for taking public transportation, even as a cardinal in Argentina.

This is not the first time Fr. Alvarez Yacub has made headlines. Recently, he came up with the idea of “virtual funerals” for family members unable to attend the funerals of their loved ones in other cities, allowing them to follow the ceremony via webcam.

The priest also installed a cell phone blocker in his parish to prevent calls from interrupting the Mass.

“The issue of cell phones during Mass is a real problem,” he said at the time. “Some people have those special ringtones…That’s why I bought this blocker.”

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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