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Shun vanity, greed, power in service to the Church, Pope tells congregation

May 05, 2014

Pope Francis warned against those whose work in the Church is motivated by vanity, the quest for power, and greed, during a homily at Mass on May 5.

The Pope’s comments were part of his reflection on the Gospel reading, in which Jesus rebuked those who followed Him “not because you saw signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled.” Today, too, there are Christians who have worldly ambitions for their work, he said.

Within the Church, the Pope said, “there are climbers: people driven by ambition.” There are also those who have “presented themselves as benefactors of the Church, and made money on the side,” he said.


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