Pope Francis: Humility is childlike, not theatrical

AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in a recent homily.

“Humility is the virtue of the childlike and this is true humility and not a rather theatrical humility: no, not that: the humility of somebody who said: ‘I am humble but proud of being so.’ No, that is not true humility,” the Pope warned. Read more

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Pope visits neonatal unit, hospice to highlight respect for life

RESPECT FOR LIFE—Pope Francis visited the neonatology ward of San Giovanni in Rome, Sept. 16, 2016. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)
RESPECT FOR LIFE—Pope Francis visited the neonatology ward of San Giovanni in Rome, Sept. 16, 2016. (Photo by L’Osservatore Romano)

On Sept. 16, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

The Sept. 16 visit is the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

In previous trips, he has made surprise stops at places including an elderly home, a drug and alcohol rehab center, and a facility for retired priests.

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