Pope Francis met on Friday with two groups of people who work behind the scenes in the Vatican – the “sediari” and the “gentiluomini” whose tradition of service to the Holy See dates back many centuries.
brief greeting to both groups and their families, the Pope thanked them
for this continuing work which reflects an inner attitude and an
important witness of joy in Christian service.
Noting how these
members of staff are always on hand to welcome and accompany visitors to
the Vatican, the Pope stressed the qualities of courtesy and kindness
which are needed to make guests feel at ease.
These traits, he said,
find their most authentic expression in a life rooted in faith, which
bears witness to the Gospel values.