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Pope Francis prays for those those suffering ‘unjust sentences’

Pope Francis prayed for those who have suffered an ‘unjust sentence because of persecution.’

The Pope explained on Tuesday April 7 during Mass that Jesus was hounded by the doctors of the law even though He was innocent.

Although he did not mention him by name, it is widely thought he was referring to Cardinal George Pell, whose sexual abuse conviction was overturned early this morning.

“I would like to pray for all those people who suffer unjust sentences resulting from intransigence [against them],” he said.

He compared the suffering of those who face unjust sentences to to Jesus’ persecution with ‘obstinacy and rage even though he was innocent.’

Mass

The Mass itself discussed the topics of service, repentance and reflected on all people who serve the Church.

God chose the prophet before he was born, the Pope explained to Catholics who joined him via live stream.

In the same way, each one of us chosen with he vocation of serving before we are born, the Pope added, sating none of us are born by sheer chance.

“Each one has a destiny, a free destiny. The destiny is the election of God. I am born chosen to be a servant of God with the task of serving.

Service

“To serve is not pretending that we have any other benefit to give than serving.”

Jesus gives us an example of service, and His glory was serving until death, the pope continued.

When the People of God distance themselves from the attitude of serving, they are a people that have apostatised, the Pope explained. This can cause them to become idolatrous and lose their vocation.

Concluding his homily, he invited Catholics to think of Jesus and His faithful service.

The Pope prayed that, like Peter, we may be able to weep when we slip and fall, and that we are meant to serve the Church and not make a profit from it.

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