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Pope Francis in Angelus: Don't use religion for your own benefit

In the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel episode in which Jesus expelled the merchants from the temple. The pope said there are also people today who fall into the temptation of making businesses out of good works or even faith. 

“In fact, the temptation to take advantage of good activities, sometimes dutiful, is common, to cultivate private if not outright unlawful interests. It’s a grave danger, especially when it instrumentalizes God Himself and the worship due to Him, or the service to man.”

There were many young people in the square who were preparing to receive their confirmation. Pope Francis gave them this advice. 

“I encourage you — I encourage you! — to witness the Gospel with joy, especially among your contemporaries.”

Like every Sunday, the pope bid farewell by wishing the pilgrims a good Sunday and delightful lunch.