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Don't make money, career your whole life – Pope

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, yesterday.

Pope Francis yesterday 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 towards 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?"

"Some stars may be bright, but do not point the way. So it is with success, money, career, honours and pleasures, when these become our lives," the pope said, adding that path won't ensure peace and joy.