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Pope Francis sits with Vatican workers after celebrating Mass March 22 inside the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where the new pontiff resides. The pope took a seat in the back row as people lingered for private prayer.
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Pope Francis sits with Vatican workers after celebrating Mass March 22 inside the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where the new pontiff resides. The pope took a seat in the back row as people lingered for private prayer.

Continuing to invite Vatican employees to morning Mass, Pope Francis told the head of the Vatican health service and members of the photography staff of the Vatican newspaper to keep in mind just how patient God is.

The pope said the liturgies marking Jesus’ Last Supper, his passion and death and his resurrection are a perfect time for each person to consider “how patient has Jesus been with me in my life? Just this. And then the words will rise from our hearts: ‘Thank you, Lord! Thank you for your patience.’”

Pope Francis’ 7 a.m. Mass also was celebrated with Vatican workers, including the nuns who operate the Vatican switchboard and those who work in the Vatican greenhouse.