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Pope’s quotes: There are saints

 |  The Francis Chronicles

A quote from Pope Francis:

Philip Pullella, Reuters: “…When you were seeking to make these changes, I remember you said to the group from Latin America that there are many saints working the Vatican, but also people who are rather less saintly, didn’t you? …”

Pope Francis: “…With regard to the saints, it’s true, there are saints: cardinals, priests, bishops, sisters, laypersons; people who pray, people who work hard, and who also help the poor, in hidden ways. I know of some who take trouble to give food to the poor, and then, in their free time, go to minister in this or that church. They are priests. There are saints in the Curia. And there are some who are not so saintly, and these are the ones you tend to hear about. You know that one tree falling makes more noise than a whole forest growing.”

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-- Press conference during return flight of apostolic journey to Rio de Janeiro on the occasion of the 28th World Youth Day, July 28, 2013

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