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"May this glorious celebration be a source of new spiritual vigor and of communion among us Christians," he said, Daily Mail wrote on Saturday, January 6.

Read alsoPresident Poroshenko, his family greet Ukrainians on Orthodox Christmas EveAddressing those Christians who are observing Epiphany these days, he advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist "inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches."

During a homily at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Francis said people "often make do" with having "health, a little money and a bit of entertainment." He urged people to help the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.