The Pope's message from Vatican Insider is directed at the Curia, but could be applicable to all of us, ministers and lay alike.
On Saturday the Pope extended his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, pointing out the qualities of a good Curial official and superior: “professionalism”, “service” and “holiness of life”. He also stressed that “holiness, in the Curia, also means conscientious objection to gossip!”
The three qualities a good Curial official and superior must have are: professionalism, service and holiness of life; the Roman Curia must avoid turning into a “bureaucratic customs house” and should show a “conscientious objection to gossip.” The Pope offered this guidance to members of the Roman Curia in his Christmas message pronounced in the Clementine Hall this morning.
The Pope extended “a special greeting” to Mgr. Pietro Parolin “who recently began his service as Secretary of State, and who needs our prayers!” In his first Christmas as Bishop of Rome, Francis thanked all of his collaborators for the “for the work which you doeach day: for the care, diligence and creativity which you display; and for your effort – I know it is not always easy – to work together in the office, both to listen to and challenge one another, and to bring out the best in all your different personalities and gifts, in a spirit of mutual respect.” Francis gave special thanks to those who are about to end their service and enter retirement: “As priests and bishops, we know full well that we never really retire, but we do leave the office, and rightly so, not least to devote ourselves more fully to prayer and the care of souls, starting with our own!"