Pope says Church must dim its own light to let Christ's shine through

VATICAN CITY -- On the feast of the birth of St. John the Baptist, Pope Francis called for the Church to model itself after the prophet and courageously proclaim and serve Jesus even until martyrdom. "Why is St. John a saint and not a sinner?" the pope asked. "Because he never, ever understood the truth as his own. He didn't want to become an ideologue," the pope said. Therefore, the prophet "denied himself" so the light and truth of Christ would shine through.

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