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On Tuesday morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass with the Council of Cardinals just a few hours before the so called G8 advisory group held its first meeting with the Pope. 

The Pope prayed so that their meeting would give fruit to a more humble, trusting and patient Church. 

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"And when the people see this witness of humility, of meekness, of mildness, they feel the need that the Prophet Zachariah spoke of: ‘We want to come with you.’

The Pope also noted that October 1st marks the Feast Day of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. He described the life of the nun as one filled with humility, which inevitably attracted others to follow her example. 

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"Another spirit comes, that of that charity that suffers all, pardons all, that does not boast, that is humble, that doesn’t seek itself. Someone could say — and there are some philosophers that thing this way — that this is a humiliation of the majesty of man, of the greatness of man. This is sterile! The Church has wisely made this saint, humble, small, trusting in God, meek: she has made her the Patron of Missions.

The strength of the Gospel, is there, "because the Gospel reaches its highest point in the humiliation of Jesus: humility that becomes humiliation. And the force of the Gospel, he said, is properly in humility, in the humility of the child that is guided by the love and the tenderness of the father.

The Church, Benedict XVI told us, does not grow through proselytism, it grows through attraction, through witness. And when the people see this witness of humility, of meekness, of mildness, they feel the need that the Prophet Zachariah spoke of: ‘We want to come with you.’ The people feel that need in the face of the witness of charity, of this humble charity, without bullying, not sufficient, humble. Worship and serve!”

"Charity is simple: worship God and serve others! And this witness,” the Pope said, makes the Church grown.” That’s why a nun, "so humble, but so trusting in God,” a nun like St. Therese of the Child Jesus "was named Patron of the Mission, because of her example” which makes "the people say ‘we want to come with you!’”

Today, here in the Vatican, begins the meeting with the Cardinal consulters, who are concelebrating the Mass. Let us ask the Lord that our work today will make us all more humble, more meek, more patient, more trusting in God, so that the Church can give a beautiful witness to the people, and seeing the People of God, seeing the Church, they might feel the desire to come with us.

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