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Pope Francis overlooks crowd gathered for his Angelus address yesterday (Vatican Media)

In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis warned that “spiritual arrogance” can lead to adoration of one’s ego instead of God. Source: CNA.

Speaking from the window of the Apostolic Palace yesterday, the Pope said that there is a temptation to “concern ourselves with how we appear rather than how we are” and to be “trapped by narcissism”.

“Where there is too much ‘I,’ there is too little God,” Pope Francis said.

He explained that with true humility, on the other hand, “we become capable of bringing what we are to God, without pretence: the wounds, the sins and the miseries that weigh on our hearts, and to invoke his mercy so that he may heal us, restore us and raise us up.”

“It will be he who raises us up, not us. The more we descend with humility, the more God raises us up,” he said.

After praying the Angelus with the crowd, Pope Francis invited Catholics to sustain missionaries with prayer and concrete solidarity on World Mission Sunday, which he said is “an important occasion to awaken in all the baptized the desire to participate in the universal mission of the Church, through witness and proclamation of the Gospel.”

The Pope also appealed for dialogue and reconciliation in Ethiopia and offered his condolences to all who are suffering from the severe flooding that has affected many countries in Africa.


Pope Francis warns of the danger of ‘spiritual arrogance’ (By Courtney Mares, CNA)