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The Pope salutes the service and dedication of firefighters


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis addressed a small prayer to the firefighters: “Lord, let them have no work.”

Meeting with hundreds of Italian firefighters and their family members on December 10, the pope hailed them as truly good Samaritans, always ready to save others from calamity.

“Your sense of devotion – and this is crucial, you have so much of it – the speed, the selflessness, the courage and the willingness to sacrifice yourself even at the risk of your own life are well known and people are proud of them at rightly so,” the pope said. told them.

Service to others, both in emergencies and in education and prevention work, is an essential part of building a healthy society, he said, and a value that must be cultivated at work and outside.

As Christmas approaches, Pope Francis has urged men and women to consider how they should embody the virtues that Jesus demonstrated: “closeness, compassion, tenderness; solidarity, service and fraternity.

Born in a stable, “God came to save us by being like us,” the pope said. “He did what you do: he came to rescue us when we were in danger, to save us, and he did it in the most radical way, knowing that he had to give his life to save us.”

Pope Francis prayed that “the Virgin Mary, who rushed to her cousin Elizabeth to help her — and you always rush there when you are needed, don’t you? – may she be your role model.

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