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Francis: 'Humility brings fruitfulness'

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"Humility is necessary for fruitfulness," Pope Francis said at Mass Thursday morning in the Casa Santa Marta. Francis explained, citing Scripture, that understanding God as the source of life and praying to God for guidance can overcome the sterility of our lives and can make them more fruitful, Vatican Radio reported.

He warned to be on the guard for pride, adding that people need the humility to say, "Lord, I am sterile, I am a desert."

Pope, at audience, says Christmas offers lesson in humility

Pope Francis said Christmas is an occasion of joy but also a lesson in humility, when the faithful are called to imitate the example of God-made-man.

The pope made his remarks Wednesday during his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square.

"God abases himself, descends to earth as someone small and poor, which means that to be like him we should not put ourselves above others, but on the contrary, abase ourselves, give ourselves in service, make ourselves small with the small and poor with the poor," he said.

Francis visits children who return 'surprise'

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Pope Francis on Saturday morning visited the Pediatric Dispensary of Santa Marta in the Vatican.  Then, at the Paul VI Hall, he met the children cared for at the Dispensary, along with their families and the volunteers who, every day, serve in the charitable institution, according to a Vatican radio report.

The children surprised the Holy Father with a small party ahead of his 77th birthday (Dec. 17), giving him a cake and a sweater.

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