Pope praises Vatican staff for 'many years with immense dedication, hidden from the eyes of the world'
Pope Francis delivers special Christmas message
Pope Francis delivered his first Christmas message to the Curia, the Roman Catholic Church's governing body this past weekend. The Roman Curia, which includes Vatican staff, priests and cardinals were praised by Francis for their hard work for "many years with immense dedication, hidden from the eyes of the world."
Praising their work ethic, Pope Francis warned that without professionalism, "there is a slow drift downwards towards mediocrity" and "dossiers become full of trite and lifeless information" that fail to inspire.
Praising their work ethic, Francis warned that without professionalism, "there is a slow drift downwards towards mediocrity" and "dossiers become full of trite and lifeless information" that fail to inspire.
Francis said that without professionalism, "the structure of the Curia turns into a ponderous, bureaucratic customs house, constantly inspecting and questioning, hindering the working of the Holy Spirit and the growth of God's people."
Francis also stressed teamwork within the people serving within the church. Holiness encompasses an openness to God, prayer, deep humility and fraternal charity in relationships with fellow workers. "It also means apostleship, discreet and faithful pastoral service, zealously carried out in direct contact with God's people. For priests, this is indispensable," he said.
Francis also told the Curia to observe discretion. "Gossip is harmful to people, our work and our surroundings."
Francis has already taken steps to improve the Vatican's administration in the nine months since assuming the leadership of the church.
The pope formed a committee in July to recommend reforms to the economic and administrative structures of the Holy See. He has also ordered more scrutiny of the Vatican bank, which has been plagued by financial scandals for years. He has also announced the creation of a commission to prevent the abuse of minors and to support victims of abuse.
The Catholic Church has faced calls for reform in the wake of scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests and allegations of corruption.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
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