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POPE'S MESSAGE | Use gifts to benefit Church, not create division, envy, annoyance

Pope Francis greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during an encounter for the elderly Sept. 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY -- Everyone has a special gift to offer the whole Church, just make sure it is used to serve everyone and not to puff up one's own pride or to create division, Pope Francis said.

"It is a gift that God has given to someone not because he or she is a better person than someone else or because she or he deserves it," the pope said at his weekly general audience Oct. 1 in St. Peter's Square.

God gives gifts freely, out of love, so that they can be "put at the service of the whole community for the good of all people," he said.

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