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Pope Francis tells future Vatican diplomats to set aside judgmental attitudes

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Clerics who work in the Vatican's diplomatic corps are not called to be "senior officials of a state" or "a self-preserving superior caste, welcome in worldly living rooms," Pope Francis said.

Rather, they must be "authentic pastors," with the "courage to plow" with their own hands the fields of mission to which they are assigned, he told future Vatican diplomats during an audience at the Vatican on Thursday.

Extension's Flat Francis image helps build excitement for pope's visit

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Pope Francis isn't going to be visiting the United States until September, but that hasn't kept the pope from going all around the nation, if only as a simple piece of paper for the time being.

Chicago-based Catholic Extension is helping to build excitement and support for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the United States by creating Flat Francis.

The project takes some inspiration from "The Flat Stanley Project," which centers on a paper cutout of Flat Stanley, a cartoon drawing based on books of the same name, being photographed with people in numerous locations.

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