Francis tells cardinals not to be ‘closed caste,’ seek contact with marginalized

Forcefully repeating his message of engagement and of reaching out to those marginalized by society, Pope Francis on Sunday told the world's Catholic cardinals they cannot become a "closed caste" of prelates who do not turn to the outcast or to those in need.

Speaking during a homily at a Mass Sunday with some 160 cardinals from around the world, Francis again outlined for the high prelates a powerful vision of a church marked first by seeking out others and by welcoming them, no matter their situation in life.

The credibility of the church and on the Christian message, the pontiff said, rests entirely on how Christians serve those marginalized by society.

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