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Pope to Camillian Charismatic Family: Charisms don't affirm oneself, but are for others

Pope Francis was met with a warm welcome from the religious from the Order of the Camillians (Ministers to the Sick) on their 400-year anniversary. 

Founded by St. Camillo of Lellis, the Camillian Charismatic Family cares for the poor, both spiritually and in corporal needs. 

“The Church has recognized it as an authentic charism of the Spirit. You live it in an exemplary way, bringing it to life, according to the both directly assisting the sick, especially the poorest, in their bodily and spiritual needs, and teaching others the best way to serve them, for the benefit of the Church and of humanity.”

Pope Francis explained that all charisms come from the Holy Spirit. They are gifts that should not build one up, but rather used at the service of others. 

“If, on the other hand, a charism serves to affirm oneself, it is doubtful whether it is a authentic charism or faithfully lived. Charisms are special graces given to some to do good to many others.”

They gave Pope Francis two gifts. The first was a statue of St. Camillo, shown protecting the sick and children. The second was a book entitled “Un Messaggio della Misericordia” or A Message of Mercy in English.

The Camillian Charismatic Family has continued to grow, with two women's congregations that started in the 19th century and other secular institutes from the 20th century. The pope said these women have really enriched their work with the poor, bringing even more tenderness.