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FAITH AND CULTURE | Renewed in the Spirit

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POPE’S MESSAGE | Pastors who become princes are far from Jesus’ spirit

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Rouen, France, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 14. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen and 80 pilgrims from his archdiocese were present when the pope celebrated a memorial Mass for Father Jacques Hamel, who was killed July 26 by terrorists.

VATICAN CITY — Clergy who use their position for personal gain rather than to help those in need do not follow the spirit of Jesus who took upon Himself the sufferings of others, Pope Francis said.

Jesus often would rebuke such leaders and warned His followers to "do what they say but not what they do," the pope said Sept. 14 at his weekly general audience.

"Jesus was not a prince," the pope said. "It is awful for the Church when pastors become princes, far from the people, far from the poorest people. That is not the spirit of Jesus."

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