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Pope says God favours those who are weak, less powerful

The small, humble in society often blessed, says Francis

21 January, 14:03
Pope says God favours those who are weak, less powerful (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 21 - God always favours the small individuals in society and those who have less power, Pope Francis said Tuesday during Mass. That means it is important to remain humble and small if we are to maintain a relationship with God, the pope said in his homily during Mass at St. Martha's House, the Vatican guesthouse where Francis lives.

God has his own criteria to follow when he chooses people for tasks, "He always chooses those who are small" and less powerful than the others, said the pope.

"He chooses the weak and gentle to confuse the powerful people in our world," added Francis, citing the Biblical example of David who was smallest son and of less importance to his father.

Yet David became king, and when he committed sins he was willing to humble himself before God, confess his sins, seek pardon and perform penance.

"David safeguarded his smallness through his contrition, his prayer and his grief," concluded Francis.