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“Serve Church in hiddenness and littleness,” the Holy Father tells Vatican employees 

Pope Francis talks to youths as he celebrates his birthday with children assisted by the Santa Marta dispensary during an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023. Pope Francis turns 87 on Dec.17. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

“God hides Himself in the littleness of a Child being born”, said Pope Francis in his traditional Christmas exchange of greetings with Vatican employees on Thursday, according to Vatican News. 

He said Jesus’ birth showed God’s preferred style, “which is neither grandiose nor noisy, but rather a style characterized by hiddenness and littleness.. not to terrify us with His greatness or to impose Himself with His magnificence, but makes Himself present in the most ordinary way, becoming one of us,” he said of Jesus’ birth in a simple stable in Bethlehem.

“He is the God of the little ones and the last, and with Him, we all learn the way to enter the Kingdom of God: not through apparent and artificial religiosity, but by becoming small like children,” said the Holy Father.

He also extended his Christmas greetings to the families of Vatican employees, adding that the world seeks to put everything on display for the world through the window of social media.

Pope Francis also invited the Vatican employees to care for their families in the model of the Holy Family.

“This is my wish for you: to be attentive, in your homes and families, to the little things of everyday life, to small gestures of gratitude, to the care and concern for one another.” (MTV)


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