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Exercise authority in service, Pope tells Italian officials

February 09, 2015

Pope Francis received Italy’s interior minister and the prefects of several cities in audience on February 6.

After thanking them for their work in receiving migrants, the Pope said that the exercise of authority is “rooted in obedience” and has “the sole noble end of service.”

“The crisis of authority that our society experiences in diverse areas, both public and private, with far-reaching consequences, especially for the education of the younger generation, has among its causes precisely the lack of these fundamental dispositions of obedience, listening, patience,” the Pope said.

Recalling that Jesus came as a servant, Pope Francis added that public authority exists to serve to work for the common good.

 


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