Being Christian is service, not ‘makeup’ for a pretty soul, pope says

“To be Christian is to do what Jesus did — serve.” — Pope Francis

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 29. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 29. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being Christian is humbly serving others, not applying “makeup” to your soul to make it prettier, Pope Francis said.

“To be Christian is to do what Jesus did — serve,” he said in a homily April 30 during Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

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