Pope Francis: The Church at the service of the Word.

From glory and greatness to prison, followed by a violent death. The whole life of St. John the Baptist was directed toward a single goal: “to indicate an Other,” to announce a “man of light” in the darkness of his time. Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass celebrated Monday morning in the chapel of Santa Marta to the great prophet, John the Baptist, on the day the universal Church marks the Solemnity of his Birth. A man who was “voice, but not Word”, whose vocation was to “self-negation”. The figure of John the Baptist offered the Pope the opportunity to draw a parallel with the mission of the Church, the Bride of Christ. He said: “The Church exists to proclaim, to be the voice of a Word, her s …

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