Those who give their lives in service are not losers, pope says

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November 3, 2015

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Nov. 3 Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in remembrance of cardinals and bishops who died in the past year. They included U.S. Cardinals Edward M. Egan of New York, Francis E. George of Chicago, William W. Baum of Washington, D.C., and Canadian Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MASS-DECEASED Nov. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Nov. 3 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in remembrance of cardinals and bishops who died in the past year. They included U.S. Cardinals Edward M. Egan of New York, Francis E. George of Chicago, William W. Baum of Washington, D.C., and Canadian Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Serving and giving oneself for others may make one “seem like a loser in the eyes of the world,” but in reality that person is imitating Christ’s love and service, which conquered death and gave life to the world, Pope Francis said.

“He who serves, saves,” the pope said. “On the contrary, he who does not live to serve does not serve to live.”

Pope Francis presided over Mass Nov. 3 in St. Peter’s Basilica in remembrance of cardinals and bishops who died in the past year. They included U.S. Cardinals Edward M. Egan of New York, Francis E. George of Chicago, William W. Baum of Washington, D.C., and Canadian Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal.

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