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'Church must preach what God says, not what people want to hear'.

In a homily delivered in the Frascati, Italy on Sunday, July 15, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI noted that the Apostles were called by Christ to preach the truth even if people don't want to hear it.

He said: "Jesus sends them out two by two and gives them instructions.... The first instruction concerns the spirit of detachment: the Apostles must not be attached to money and comforts. Jesus warns the disciples that they will not always receive a favourable reception; sometimes they will be rejected; on the contrary they might be persecuted. But that must not bother them: they must speak of Jesus and preach the Kingdom of God, without being anxious about success. They will leave success to God."

Reflecting on the reading concerning the prophet Amos, the Holy Father added: "Thus, whether he is accepted or rejected, he will continue to prophesy, preaching what God says and not what people want to hear."

The Pope added, "This remains the mandate of the Church: do not preach what the powerful wish to hear. The criterion of prophets is the truth and justice, even if that goes against human applause and human power".

John-Henry Westen of issued a commentary on its application in North America on July 16, 2012:
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Date:Sep 1, 2012
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