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Pope begins meetings with Council of Cardinals

October 01, 2013

Pope Francis concelebrated Mass on October 1 with members of the Council of Cardinals, as he prepared for 3 days of meetings with the 8-cardinal council to discuss Vatican reforms.

In his homily at the morning Mass, the Pope observed that the day was the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, and commended her as an example of “the spirit of humility, of tenderness, of bounty.” The power of the Church lies in that spirit, he said. Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, he said that the Church “does not grow through proselytism, it grows through attraction, through witness.”

As he concluded his homily the Pope spoke of his meetings with the Council of Cardinals. He said:

Let us ask the Lord that our work today will make us all more humble, more meek, more patient, more trusting in God, so that the Church can give a beautiful witness to the people, and seeing the People of God, seeing the Church, they might feel the desire to come with us.

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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 02, 2013 9:34 AM ET USA

    Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, he said that the Church “does not grow through proselytism, it grows through attraction, through witness.” Amen.