Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope calls for 'poor' Church, 'St Peter had no bank account'

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Vatican City, June 11 - Pope Francis said Tuesday
that the Catholic Church should not seek to accumulate wealth,
pointing out that St Peter did not have a bank account.
"If you want to have a rich Church, then the Church ages,
it has no life," Francis said in his homily during Mass at Saint
Martha's House, the Vatican residence where he lives.
The Argentine pontiff, who has endeared the faithful with
his humble approach and his focus on the poor and needy since
being elected in March's conclave, said the truth of the gospel
should be announced with "simplicity and gratuitousness".
"The Church is not an NGO. It is born of gratuitousness of
which poverty is a sign," added the pope.
"The poverty that must distinguish the Church saves us from
becoming organizers, entrepreneurs.
"The works of the Church must go forward and some are
complex, but with a heart of poverty, not a heart of investment
or of a businessman...
"Saint Peter did not have a bank account and when he had to
pay taxes, the Lord sent him to sea to fish a fish with a coin
inside in order to pay".

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