Pope Francis urges people to ‘resist the thirst for power and riches’ by not making a career, money and success their whole life as he marks Epiphany

The pope said urged people to help the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return

  • Pope urged people to help the poor without expecting anything in return 
  • Instead of following their Christian faith, many follow the principles of the world
  • This has led them inclinations toward arrogance, thirst for power and for riches 
  • He said ‘some stars maybe bright’, such as success, but don’t ‘point the way’

Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist ‘inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches.’

During a homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said people ‘often make do’ with having ‘health, a little money and a bit of entertainment.’ He urged people to help the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.

Many Christians observe Epiphany to recall the three wise men who followed a star to find the baby Jesus. Francis suggested asking ‘what star we have chosen to follow in our lives?’

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