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Pope urges pilgrims to meet those in need

Reaching out 'multiplies capacity to love,' says Francis

Pope urges pilgrims to meet those in need

Vatican City, August 7 - Pope Francis emphasised the importance of "encountering those in need" in a video message to pilgrims gathering for the feast day of St Cajetan in Argentina on Tuesday. "Being a Christian means not doing so from afar, but going out and meeting those with anxieties and problems," the pope said. The Italian patron saint of the unemployed and job-seekers, honored on August 7, draws thousands of pilgrims to his shrine in the Liniers neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Pope Francis said in the message that St Cajetan set an example to be followed when he left a life of privilege to work with the poor. Last year the pontiff, who was then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, celebrated the feast day in Argentina. On Wednesday, he urged followers to "build a culture of encounter because there is always someone worse off than us". By going out and encountering the most needy, "we multiply our capacity to love," the pope said.

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