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pa stuh ruhl

  • n  a musical composition that evokes rural life
  • n  a letter from a pastor to the congregation
  • n  a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
  • a  of or relating to a pastor
    pastoral work
    a pastoral letter
  • a  relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle
    pastoral seminomadic people
    pastoral land
    a pastoral economy
  • s  (used with regard to idealized country life) idyllically rustic
    charming in its pastoral setting

  • By process of elimination the pastoral choices soon narrowed down to Giuseppe Siri, 72, of Genoa, Corrado Ursi, 70, of Naples, and Luciani.
  • Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Manchester Guardian's "Country Diary" last week was some satisfying pastoral correspondence from a quiet corner of Hereford.
  • The Mexican Episcopate issued last week a pastoral letter signed by Archbishop Jose Maria Del Rio in which the encouragement of Pope Pius XI was extended to the Catholics of Mexico .
News & Articles


  • Cardinal Francis George in FOXNews
    To put recent events in some perspective, I have asked Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor of St. Sabina's Parish, to step back from his obligations there and take leave for a couple of weeks from his pastoral duties, effective today,Francis...
  • Robert Mugabe in Reuters
    If I had gone to church and the priest had read that so-called pastoral letter, I would have stood up and said nonsense ...... the bishops have decided to turn political,said Mugabe, a Catholic who attends church regularly.
  • Pope Benedict XVI in FOXNews
    One can also come to appreciate the human wisdom and pastoral intensity which guided him in his long years of ministry, especially in providing organized assistance to the Jewish people,Benedict said.

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