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Pope Francis: pastors are not masters but servants

Catholic World News - February 24, 2014

During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on a passage from the First Letter to the Corinthians and called upon pastors to serve their flocks in Christ.

St. Paul teaches that “the community does not belong to the apostles,” Pope Francis said; rather, the apostles belong to and are called to serve the community, and the whole Christian community belongs to Christ.

“Through Baptism, we have the same dignity,” he continued. “In Jesus Christ we are children of God.”

Asking for prayers for himself and all cardinals and bishops, Pope Francis added that pastors are not masters, but rather servants who are called to serve the faithful on the path to holiness.

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