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Pope: You are servants, not functionaries providing services

While we usually love those things that we need and desire, God loves us for who we are, even to the end of our days. Offering Mass in St Peter’s Basilica for the Cardinals and Bishops who died during the past year, Pope Francis said the only way to be truly Christian is to follow the example of Jesus, who humbled Himself in order to serve with love – even to the point of dying on the Cross. Just as Jesus came to serve and not to be served, the Pope insisted, so His ministers are called in turn to be pastors, ready to give their lives for their flock. In the eyes of this world, he said, those who serve are seen as losers: but in reality it is those who give their lives and lose themselves in the love …

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